ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – The family of a missing Air Force cadet candidate now has a private search team looking for their son, Micah Tice. The 20-year-old man disappeared the day after Thanksgiving.

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Micah Tice (credit: Rocky Mountain National Park)

Tice left the home of his sponsor family in Colorado Springs and set out to hike Longs Peak. His car was found at the parking lot for the trailhead on Monday.

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(credit: CBS)

The Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team started looking for Tice on the next day. Crews spent days in severe weather conditions searching for him. Other hikers reported seeing and hiking with Tice on the previous Saturday.

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Ledge on Keyhole Route (credit: Rocky Mountain National Park)

They say he was wearing black sweatpants and a black sweatshirt.

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Benjamin Tice (credit: CBS)

The family said on Friday they are frustrated with the search efforts and don’t believe park officials have done enough to find him. They’re asking for more federal help.

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(credit: Rocky Mountain National Park)

“President Trump has the ability to break through the bureaucratic mess of agency and elected officials who are now posturing and refusing to work with each other, to rescue my son Micah Tice. President Trump, we plead for your help,” said Micah’s father Benjamin Tice.

Park officials defended the search saying the Colorado National Guard helicopters and a mountaineering club at the Air Force Academy were called in.

Comments (2)
  1. Robert Chase says:

    The sad fact is that most day hikers who set out to climb Longs Peak and don’t make it back on their own within a day die on the mountain, an average of two per year. Of the few who don’t, most are located and rescued quickly. Micah set out with inappropriate clothing for a summer ascent and persisted on the route up the mountain after meeting other hikers turning around because of worsening visibility, who advised him to turn back. After a week in subfreezing conditions above 10,000′, without survival gear, it really is impossible for him to have survived. I understand his family’s terrible distress, but I very much doubt more could have been done; it does not take long to get hyperthermia, become disoriented, and die, and the grim statistics of fatalities on Longs Peak bear this out. Under the right conditions, it is exhausting, thrilling, and relatively safe, and many people climb it successfully every year. Getting caught in precipitation, freezing or otherwise, on the upper reaches of the mountain, can be very dangerous. The signage at the trailhead needs to be improved to forcefully warn of the risks at the very entrance to the trail; deterring people from setting off for Longs’ summit in less than ideal conditions should be the goal.

    1. Robert Chase says:

      P.S. “hyperthermia [sic]” — I meant hypothermia, of course. No one can fault the Tices for paying to search for Micah on their own. I hope he is found soon. As I recall, while there is plenty of information on the signs at the trailhead, it is not optimized for communicating the risk of climbing Longs Peak. A stern warning at the threshhold might not have deterred Micah, but we’ll never know.

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