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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    CO - Jeff Christensen, 31, Rocky Mountain NP, 29 July 2005

    On Wednesday, about 100 people, four helicopters and five dog teams continued to scour the rugged and remote Rocky Mountain
    National Park for any sign of the 31-year-old Christensen.

    Search crews planned to start camping in the area overnight in hopes of covering more ground during the day, said incident commander Eddie Lopez.

    But after five days of searching, even Christensen's parents acknowledge that the best-case scenario would be that their son is in bad shape.

    What keeps the parents and rescuers optimistic is that Jeff Christensen is fit and experienced. Aron Ralston - the hiker who in 2003 amputated his own arm after being pinned under a rock for five days - is mentioned as evidence that Christensen could still be alive.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Faith in lost ranger is still strong

    Kevin Duchschere, Star Tribune August 6, 2005 RANGER0806

    OAS_AD('Button20'); ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLO. -- Renewed hopes that missing park ranger and former Minnesotan Jeff Christensen soon would be found went unrealized again Friday, despite the most intensive search launched since he disappeared into the wild here eight days ago.

    But devoted friends of the popular, gregarious Christensen who joined in the search said their spirits remained high even though several days of tramping across the park's rugged terrain had left them exhausted and spent.

    Christensen, 31, who grew up in Forest Lake and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth, was last seen about 1:30 p.m. July 29 near the top of a mountain while patrolling a back-country route popular with hikers and campers.

    The search for Christensen began the next day when he failed to show up for work.

    His parents, Dale and Chris Christensen of Forest Lake, arrived at the park earlier this week and have said they won't go home until their son is found.
    Fueling hopes for his safe return are Christensen's conditioning and experience -- he has spent several years as a ski patroller and ranger in the mountains since graduating from college in the mid-1990s.

    And gunshots and radio scratches were heard late Wednesday that investigators think could have been his attempts to signal rescuers. Park visitors reported hearing gunshots and seeing smoke, and rangers heard a shot and radio clicks after they fired shots of their own.

    Those clues have not been confirmed as coming from Christensen. Nevertheless, they prompted searchers to narrow their scope to a 2- by 4-mile area near Lawn Lake Trail, a region of lower elevations but steep and wooded terrain.
    That area is expected to be blanketed today with about 200 searchers, many of them from rescue crews across Colorado, along with dog teams and several helicopters.

    The search has riveted tourists in and around the park's Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, not far from the helicopter pad used by choppers ferrying search crews and scanning the woods for signs of Christensen.

    Park workers at the visitor center posted articles and information about Christensen, along with a place for messages.
    "Been praying from the start and won't let up," wrote a Kansas family.

    At a campground near the area being searched, Gary Scull of Berrien Springs, Mich., was training his binoculars on the helicopters sweeping over the trees. He and his wife, Cindy, and their three children were wrapping up a 12-day vacation in the park.

    "What we'd like to do is hike up there and help them look for him," Gary Scull said.

    "We've been thinking there's no way he could live through this. It's been so cold and wet," Cindy Scull said.
    Air search efforts Thursday had been hampered by rain and overcast conditions, but generally blue skies Friday proved perfect for choppers to search the area. Clear conditions are expected today and Sunday, as well.

    Christensen's most pressing problem may well be dehydration, although this week's rains are making streams gurgle. Recent nights have been chilly, with temperatures at some locations in the 30s.

    It's unknown just how much gear Christensen took with him, although he set out on patrol with a backpack, park radio and pistol. He had expected to complete the 14-mile hike that night.


  3. #3

    Body of missing park ranger found

    ESTES PARK, Colo. - A hiker found the body of a missing Rocky Mountain National Park ranger Saturday, eight days after the ranger apparently fell during a routine patrol, park officials said.

    No further information on where Jeff Christensen was found or how long he might have been dead were immediately released.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    So. California
    ...sad ending...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by LaurenD
    ...sad ending...

    A very sad ending. I thought for sure that they would find him alive. Such a young man with everything going for him. Now if he had been some evil creep killer he would have survived the fall!!

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