ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4/AP) — The family of a missing skier is consulting with psychics to help guide search efforts by the ski patrol and volunteers at the Aspen Highlands ski resort.

Jeff Walker of Aspen, was reported missing to authorities on Saturday after friends hadn’t heard from him since Thursday.

Ski pass data showed that Walker’s pass was scanned at the Exhibition lift at the base of Aspen Highlands on March 7.

Search teams were deployed at Aspen Highlands Monday to search for the 55-year-old skier. The search teams included 16 ski patrollers with eight dogs, nine Mountain Rescue Aspen members and 72 members of the public.

A helicopter with a RECCO detector was also dispatched to help in the search. Based on interviews with Walker’s friends and family, it is believed Walker had a RECCO reflector on his jacket.

The RECCO system is an electronic method of finding a person or persons buried in snow as a result of an avalanche

After the initial search on Monday, search efforts by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen were suspended. The Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol will continue to perform targeted searches in and around the boundary lines of Aspen Highlands.

Anyone with information about Jeff Walker, his actions since March 7 or information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 920-5300.

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