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Colorado search for Minnesota father and son missing since Wednesday

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As day breaks on Monday, searchers in Colorado are resuming their efforts to find a St. Louis Park father and son who never returned from a day hike in a remote Colorado park area last week.

KARE reports that Damian McManus, 51, and his son Evan, 18, have not been heard from since Wednesday. The pair were supposed to return to Minnesota this weekend after a spring break trip, but they never returned to their car or hotel after hiking at Echo Lake in Clear Creek County, Colorado.

Members of the McManus family have set up a Facebook page about the missing pair.

The Denver Channel reports that deputies from the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office and members of an Alpine Rescue Team suspended their search at 7:30 p.m. Sunday because of darkness and snowfall. Snowmobiles, ATVs and a helicopter were involved in the search Sunday in the Echo Lake area, located about two hours from Denver. The search area is at over 10,000 feet. KSTP adds that there are fears about the danger of avalanches in the area.

Evan McManus and his twin sister are seniors at St. Louis Park High School. While the father and son went to Colorado, Katherine McManus, Damian's wife and Evan's mother, took Evan's twin sister Lauren to Mexico for a mother-daughter spring break trip. When they did not hear from the men on Sunday afternoon, they reported the pair missing.

"We became really worried when we got off the plane from Mexico this afternoon and she still hadn't heard anything from Damian, we tried texting them and calling them and both of their phones were dead," said family friend Andrea Bouzrara.

Investigators believe that the missing hikers' vehicle is still in the area. There are numerous trails from the trailhead in the area and searchers don't know which trail they hiked. Because it's been snowing in the area for the past few days, tracks are not visible.

Bouzrara said that Damian McManus has survival and orienteering skills from his military background in England. Damian McManus has a British accent, so his family hopes anyone who may have crossed paths with the pair in Colorado might remember meeting him. The father and son ate at a Denny's restaurant in Lakewood, Colorado on Wednesday morning. It's the last transaction on McManus' bank account.

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