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Search Continues For Texas Man In Mesa Verde Park

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Mesa Verde National Park (credit: Jason Hussong)

Mesa Verde National Park (credit: Jason Hussong)

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MANCOS, Colo. (AP) – Rescuers are climbing cliffs and scouring a rugged area near the Mesa Verde National Park headquarters in Colorado for a Texas man missing since Sunday.

Park spokeswoman Betty Lieurance said Wednesday about 40 people are searching canyons and trails for 51-year-old Mitchell Stehling of Goliad, Texas.

Stehling was reported missing by relatives, and searches failed to turn up any sign of him.

Lieurance said Stehling might have taken a trail that leads to petroglyphs – drawings that were painted or carved into the walls by ancestral residents.

The park contains more than 4,000 known archaeological sites, including cliff dwellings, which are elaborate stone villages that the Ancestral Puebloans built in sheltered alcoves of canyon walls. The ruins are about 40 miles west of Durango.

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