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Friday, June 28, 2019

Search Builds for Missing Gypsum Man

From the Eagle County Sheriff's Office

On Thursday, June 27, roughly 75 civilians joined public safety personnel in conducting ground searches for missing Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and Gypsum firefighter Tayler Esslinger. Ground teams were assisted by a fixed wing flight by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) and the Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site (HAATS) helicopters. Due to the number of volunteers and the expected duration of the operation, the Northwest Colorado Incident Management Team (NWCOIMT) took over management of the incident as of 5:30pm yesterday.

Ground searches today will focus on areas both north and south of I-70. Safety of the public and first responders is the top priority. Volunteers are requested to check in and out at the Gypsum fire station before heading out into the field. The intent is to ensure that all off-road areas are fully explored, including embankments and other areas where a vehicle may not be visible from the air.

One minor injury to a first responder was reported yesterday due to an ATV accident.

Any updates will be posted on the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. If you think you have information that could assist with the search, please call 970-479-2201. A public information line has also been set up: (970) 445-4911

Search party for Tayler Esslinger

Tayler Esslinger