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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

UPDATE 7:00 pm, 6/9/20 - Search for Sebastian Rodriguez Castro

UPDATE 7:00 pm, 6/9/20 - Search for Sebastian Rodriguez Castro

The search continues for Sebastian Rodriguez Castro, who went missing from his Eagle Villas apartment the evening of Friday, June 6. Over 500 volunteers and nearly 30 first response agencies have helped search for him over the past four days. Search teams have utilized dogs on both land and water, and have also searched by air via helicopters and drones. Efforts to find him have so far been unsuccessful.

The incident continues to be managed as Unified Command between the Eagle Police Department, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and Vail Mountain Rescue. Today, Fire Chief Doug Cupp assumed the Incident Commander position, and will be leading the search and rescue teams over the next several operational periods.

Search teams continue to comb the river from Eagle to Hanging Lake. This short video clip shows some of the search activity from the viewpoint of one of the search UAVs (drones).

Public safety officials continue to emphasize the dangerous conditions in and around the river and discourage members of the public from conducting their own searches in those areas. Water-based search efforts should be left to our highly trained water rescue teams. If citizens were to be injured or need rescue, it would divert valuable resources away from the search.