10-05-2007, 10:18 PM #1
CO - Gary Lorenz, 63, Cotopaxi, 24 Sept 2007
The 63-year-old Lorenz was last seen Sept. 24, riding an ATV into the hills he loved. A massive search has turned up no trace of him or the two golden retrievers that were with him.
If he is still here, he’s been 10 days without food or medicine for his Alzheimer’s disease. Members of his family are hanging onto a thin shred of hope, but they’re prepared for the worst.
Gary Lorenz graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1967 and had risen through the ranks to colonel by the time he retired in 1991. His last post was at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
As a pilot, he had extensive survival training, and since he knows the area, his daughter thinks he could survive if lost.
But she worries that he is hurt, or, without his Alzheimer’s medicine, that he may have grown disoriented and just kept walking. The two dogs, named Merry and Pippin, would stay with him, she said.
Authorities are focusing on the vicinity of Cotopaxi, though they also flagged his name in a national Veterans Affairs database in case he caught a ride elsewhere. They also notified animal shelters to be on the lookout for the dogs.
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10-10-2007, 08:52 AM #2
Search called off
Oct 9, 2007
The search has ended for a missing Cotopaxi man who suffers from Alzheimer's.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says it has "exhausted all leads". Authorities announced Tuesday afternoon that the search effort was discontinued on Sunday.
If new information comes in, search teams may be sent out again.
63 year-old Gary Lorenz went missing in late September. His wife says he was riding an ATV on their property. The ATV was found, but Lorenz never was.
Fremont County Search and Rescue later got a tip that Lorenz was spotted around State Highway 69 and Texas Creek. But that tip turned into a dead end.
10-10-2007, 10:52 AM #3Former Member
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Too bad he was not enrolled in project lifesaver.
10-15-2007, 12:16 PM #4
This article gives a little more detail about the circumstances of his disappearance:
Authorities said Gary Lorenz was last seen in the morning when he went to check on his horses. His family says the man in his 60s was supposed to be gone for only an hour. Searchers found his horses and an ATV he was riding, but no sign of him.
A spokesman for the search team said the country in the area north of Colorado 50 is steep and rocky with many cliffs, mines and caves.
10-22-2007, 08:11 PM #5
Nearly a month after being reported missing, a Cotopaxi man’s body was found this weekend at noon Saturday, about six to eight miles from his home in Cotopaxi.
“The body is confirmed to be that of Gary Lorenz, who was reported missing Sept. 25,” reports said.
Lorenz reportedly died from exposure to the elements and dehydration.
According to earlier reports, the 63-year-old retired Air Force Col. left his home the morning of Sept. 24 to check on the family’s horses, but never returned. Although the search party found the all-terrain vehicle he was riding on several days later, there was no sign of Lorenz had.
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10-22-2007, 08:17 PM #6
I really wonder about the dogs. they are not mentioned as being found and you would think they would have gone home at some point.
Sad ending for this family.
11-05-2007, 11:22 AM #7
The dogs stayed with Gary's body for three weeks until he was found deceased!
November 1, 2007
The body of Gary Lorenz was found last week surrounded by his dogs, Pippin and Merry, after he disappeared in September from his home in Cotopaxi.
The golden retrievers stayed with their master, guarding his body, for at least three weeks after he died. They lost about 9 pounds each, but vets say they are healthy.
"We feel the lord has been very merciful, sending them back to me," said Lorenz's widow, Sandee. "We felt the dogs were with Gary and helped him pass from this life to the next."
"Now that we have the dogs back, we feel like we've gotten a little piece of Dad back. He loved these dogs, and they loved him. They never left his side. They watched him. He was having trouble communicating with all of us, but he always seemed to be able to talk to the dogs. They were his best friends," said Deanna Lorenz, his daughter. "We are so happy to have them back to remind us of the relationship he had with them and to help my mom get through her tough weeks ahead. They will be here to comfort her."
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pic of dogs
Truly heartwarming despite the sad passing of Mr. Lorenz.
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