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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

County amends Blue Square public health order | El Condado Modifica la Orden de Salud Pública del Cuadrado Azul

Eagle County has not yet received a decision on its request for a variance that would allow a transition to its Black Diamond Public Health Order in response to COVID-19. While the county awaits this variance, public health officials have identified areas where the county may loosen certain restrictions in its current order. The amendment to the Blue Square Order is effective immediately.

On June 18, 2020, the State of Colorado issued its “Safer At Home and In the Vast, Great Outdoors” public health order, which increased the allowable size of gatherings for indoor and outdoor events. Eagle County’s original Blue Square Phase Order included more restrictive limits on gathering sizes. The amendment allows an increase to the amount of persons that may gather at certain events to those limits set by the state.

In addition, the state’s June 18 order does not impose occupancy restrictions on short term lodging. Eagle County’s Blue Square Order imposed a 50% occupancy restriction, and the amendment removes that restriction.

County officials are still hopeful that a decision on the variance request will be made soon. The state could approve, approve with conditions, or deny the request.

Updates on the county’s response to COVID-19 are being shared at www.ECEmergency.org.  The county’s forum for community discussions is at www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Those with additional questions can email covidquestions@eaglecounty.us or call 970-328-9750.

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Eagle County aún no ha recibido una decisión sobre su solicitud de divergencia, la cual permitiría la transición a la Orden de Salud Pública del Diamante Negro en respuesta al COVID-19. Mientras el condado espera la respuesta a esta divergencia, los funcionarios de salud pública han identificado áreas donde el condado puede relajar ciertas restricciones en su orden actual. La enmienda a la Orden del Cuadrado Azul entra en vigencia de inmediato.

El 18 de junio del 2020, el Estado de Colorado emitió su orden de salud pública "Más Seguros en Casa y en la Naturaleza", que aumentó el tamaño permitido de las reuniones para eventos interiores y exteriores. La Orden original de la Fase del Cuadrado Azul del Condado de Eagle incluyó límites más restrictivos para el tamaño de las reuniones. La enmienda permite un aumento en la cantidad de personas que pueden reunirse en ciertos eventos a los límites establecidos por el estado.

Además, la orden estatal del 18 de junio no impone restricciones de ocupación en los alojamientos a corto plazo. La Orden del Cuadrado Azul del Condado de Eagle impuso una restricción de ocupación del 50%, y la enmienda elimina esa restricción.

Los funcionarios del condado aún esperan que pronto se tome una decisión sobre la solicitud de divergencia. El estado podría aprobarla, aprobarla con condiciones o negar la solicitud.

Las actualizaciones sobre la respuesta del condado al COVID-19 se comparten en www.ECEmergency.org. El foro del condado para debates comunitarios está en www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Aquellos con preguntas adicionales pueden enviar un correo electrónico a covidquestions@eaglecounty.us o llamar al 970-328-9750.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Residents and guests reminded of the importance of personal actions in managing COVID-19 | Recordatorio para los residentes y visitantes sobre la importancia de las acciones personales para el control del COVID-19

Eagle County Public Health and Environment (ECPHE) is reminding residents and visitors of the importance of personal responsibility in managing the spread of COVID-19. The precautions taken by individuals continue to be critical for protecting themselves, their families, and the community.

During the past two weeks, approximately 50% of COVID-19 cases in Eagle County were among people 30 years of age or younger. This is a shift from March and April, where the highest proportion of cases was among people aged 40 to 55.

Within this same period of time, 54% of cases were in people who were exposed to a confirmed case and were identified during the interview process. “The good news here is that each person was already in quarantine and limiting exposures to other people when their illness began,” said ECPHE Director Heath Harmon.

Harmon says people with symptoms have been getting tested early, which is a good trend. “We do, however, still see some people going to work or social events when they are sick,” he said. “Staying home when you're sick will not only limit exposures to your friends and loved ones, it is vital for the health of our businesses as well.”

Pending approval of a state variance, Eagle County is preparing for its transition to the Black Diamond Phase of its public health orders on June 22 and officials point to the benefits of additional visitors returning to the area in aiding the county’s economic recovery. Public Health is asking all residents to help set a strong example for guests by continuing to model the 5 Commitments of Containment:

I will maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
I will wash my hands often.
I will cover my face in public.
I will stay home when I am sick.
I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms.

Eagle County’s public health order prohibits anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within the last 14 days from visiting the county. In addition, visitors who develop illness during their stay are required to remain within their lodging unit and not go out in public unless accessing medical care. Those who are confirmed with COVID-19 may need to extend their stay until they have completed 10 days of isolation. Similarly, those who have been exposed to someone confirmed with COVID-19 may be required to extend their stay to complete a required quarantine of 14 days. In both instances, an extended stay will be required at the visitor’s expense.

“Although our community and local businesses are doing a lot to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, no public environment is completely risk-free,” said Harmon. “The 5 Commitments of Containment will help protect visitors and our community, long after they’ve left.”

Regular updates on the county’s response to COVID-19 are being shared at www.ECEmergency.org. The county’s forum for community discussions is at www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Those with additional questions can email covidquestions@eaglecounty.us or call 970-328-9750.

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El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente del Condado de Eagle (ECPHE) recuerda a los residentes y visitantes sobre la importancia de la responsabilidad personal para controlar la propagación del COVID-19. Las medidas de precaución que cada uno tome siguen siendo cruciales para protegerse a sí mismos, a sus familias y a la comunidad.

En el transcurso de las últimas dos semanas, el 50% de casos de COVID-19 en el Condado de Eagle se presentaron en personas de hasta 30 años. Hay un cambio con relación a los meses de marzo y abril, en los que la mayoría de casos se produjo en personas entre los 40 y 55 años.

Durante el mismo período de tiempo, el 54% de los casos se vinculó a personas que estuvieron expuestas a un caso confirmado y que fueron identificadas durante el proceso de evaluación. El director de ECPHE Heath Harmon, dijo que "La buena noticia es que cada persona se encontraba en cuarentena, limitando así su exposición con otras personas cuando enfermaron".

Harmon también indicó que las personas con síntomas se realizaron las pruebas de manera temprana, lo cual es una buena tendencia."Sin embargo, sabemos que algunos continúan acudiendo al trabajo o a eventos sociales cuando están enfermos", dijo. “Quedarse en casa cuando uno está enfermo no sólo evitará exponer a nuestros amigos y seres queridos, sino que es fundamental para el bienestar de nuestros negocios".

Dependiendo de la aprobación de la divergencia estatal, el Condado de Eagle se está preparando para la transición a la fase del diamante negro de las ordenes de salud pública este 22 de Junio, y los funcionarios señalan los beneficios de que más visitantes regresen a la zona para la recuperación económica del condado. Salud Pública solicita el apoyo de todos los residentes dando un buen ejemplo a los visitantes manteniendo los 5 Compromisos de contención:

Mantendré 6 pies de distanciamiento social.
Me lavaré las manos con frecuencia.
Me cubriré la cara en público.
Me quedaré en casa cuando esté enfermo.
Me haré la prueba inmediatamente si tengo síntomas.

La orden de salud pública del Condado de Eagle prohíbe el ingreso de personas que hayan tenido síntomas confirmados de COVID-19 en los últimos 14 días. Además, los visitantes que desarrollen enfermedades durante su estadía deben permanecer dentro de su alojamiento sin salir, a menos que sea para recibir atención médica. Es posible que las personas confirmadas con COVID-19 requieran extender su estadía hasta completar 10 días de aislamiento. Asimismo, quienes han estado expuestos a alguien con COVID-19 pueden requerir extender su estadía para completar los 14 días de cuarentena requeridos. En ambos casos, una estadía prolongada correrá por cuenta del huésped.

"Aunque nuestra comunidad y las empresas locales están poniendo de su parte para ayudar a reducir el riesgo de exposición al COVID-19, ningún espacio público está completamente libre de riesgos", dijo Harmon. "Los 5 compromisos de contención ayudarán a proteger a los visitantes y a nuestra comunidad, tiempo después de que se hayan ido".

Las actualizaciones periódicas sobre la respuesta del condado al COVID-19 se comparten en www.ECEmergency.org. El foro del condado para debates comunitarios está en www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Quienes tengan preguntas adicionales pueden enviar un correo electrónico a covidquestions@eaglecounty.us o llamar al 970-328-9750.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

UPDATE 3:00pm 6/17/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 3:00pm 6/17/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

River levels dropped today, which allowed crews from Greater Eagle Fire Protection District to get back into the water. Water clarity was excellent, which benefits search efforts. High winds prevented drone deployment, and aircraft were not available. Unfortunately, the water search did not locate the boy or discover any additional information that points to his whereabouts.

This will be the last daily post. After today, information will only be provided if there are significant developments.

Investigators continue to work with the family and to follow up on any and all leads. Anyone with information that may help in locating Sebastian is asked to call the non-emergency number for Vail Public Safety Communications Center at (970) 479-2200.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

UPDATE 3:00pm 6/16/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 3:00pm 6/16/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

Water levels have been dropping today, for the first time in a week. We will attempt to do more detailed water searches if the river continues to drop. We will continue to monitor river conditions for opportunities to search some areas that were previously deemed unsafe by search teams.

Investigators continue to work with the family and to follow up on any and all leads. Anyone with information that may help in locating Sebastian is asked to call the non-emergency number for Vail Public Safety Communications Center at (970) 479-2200.

A fund for the family has been set up to help with the financial burden the family is facing during this difficult and emotional time. If you don’t have the financial means to donate, please share with others who have asked how they can help the family.



Monday, June 15, 2020

UPDATE 6:00pm 6/15/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 6:00pm 6/15/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

Water levels were up again today in the Eagle River, as a result of much warmer temperatures over the past few days. Helicopters took to the air first thing this morning to aid in the search, and reported excellent visibility, but were still unsuccessful in finding the 3-year-old boy.

Thank you to the Eagle City Market, who donated water and Gatorade for the volunteer search efforts the first weekend. Our apologies for the late recognition; there was such an outpouring of support that we missed this particular contribution. We are honored to serve in such a generous and caring community!



Sunday, June 14, 2020

UPDATE 4:45pm 6/14/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 4:45pm 6/14/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

River levels have been rising due to warm temperatures and increased runoff, hindering search efforts. Greater Eagle Fire Protection District has continued to conduct land and water searches as call volume allows, while other resources (both humans and dogs) were given a much needed rest after pushing hard for 8 days.

Water operations have focused on a few specific areas, some of which are still very dangerous to search due to water levels. A few of these spots will require better water conditions before they can be searched safely

Numerous counties reported water-related incidents over the weekend, so search and rescue groups are being stretched thin. Please follow safety rules around the water, as unexpected weather can change conditions without warning.

Helicopters will search the area early tomorrow morning. Please do not fly drones in the area, as it will prevent aerial operations from taking place.







Saturday, June 13, 2020

UPDATE 5:30pm 6/13/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

UPDATE 5:30pm 6/13/20 - Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search
Crews from Greater Eagle Fire Protection District were busy putting out more signs today to help with the search for Sebastian Rodriguez Castro, the 3-year-old boy who disappeared from the Eagle Villas apartments the night of June 5, 2020. Anyone with information that may help in locating him is asked to call the non-emergency number for Vail Public Safety Communications Center at (970) 479-2200.
Updates will be posted on the Eagle County PIO Facebook page and at www.ecemergency.org.





Friday, June 12, 2020

UPDATE 7:30 pm, 6/12/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

Search activities for Sebastian Rodriguez Castro were interrupted by a structure fire on the Colorado River Road, where a residential structure and greenhouse were lost, but several nearby structures were saved. Crews from every fire agency in the valley responded, and an engine will remain on scene overnight to monitor and ensure winds don't blow embers from hot spots into brush or adjacent dwellings. Posters have been created and are being installed at put in/take out locations along the Eagle River. Authorities continue to investigate all leads that may help them locate the missing 3-year-old boy.



Thursday, June 11, 2020

UPDATE 7:00 pm, 6/11/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 7:00 pm, 6/11/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

Last night 10 VMRG searchers, plus two members of the US Raft Team spent 3 hours wading, swimming, probing and searching in and along the river beginning 20 yards upriver from where the cell phone was found, down to the Eby Creek bridge. Teams were able to walk out about 1/3 of the river width with swimmers in the middle of the river checking rocks and eddies. We also utilized a kayaker and dog team for another land search.  The search was repeated again today, with no new clues were found.

Beginning tomorrow, information updates will only be released once per day, unless there are significant developments in the search.


Photo courtesy Vail Mountain Rescue Group

Photo courtesy Vail Mountain Rescue Group

Photo courtesy Vail Mountain Rescue Group

Photo courtesy Gary Buck Photography

Photo courtesy Gary Buck Photography

Photo courtesy Gary Buck Photography

Photo courtesy Gary Buck Photography

Photo courtesy Vail Mountain Rescue Group

Eagle County submits variance request for next iteration of public health order | El Condado de Eagle Presenta Solicitud de Divergencia para la Próxima Iteración de la Orden de Salud Pública

Eagle County has submitted a variance request to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to allow the county to transition to the next phase of public health orders in response to COVID-19. In alignment with the county’s Transition Trail Map, the transition to the “Black Diamond” Phase would loosen some restrictions that have been in place since May 25.

Because the proposed revisions are less strict than the state’s “Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors” order, the variance must be approved before new orders can be adopted. The state could approve, request changes, or deny the request.

A summary of the variance request is as follows:

The Black Diamond Phase effective date is planned for June 22. This date is four weeks after the implementation of the Blue Square Phase, and current disease surveillance is showing the county will be prepared to take this next step. Moving to the Black Diamond Phase on this date is contingent on:
-State approval of Eagle County’s variance request.
-Keeping local COVID-19 disease spread at manageable levels.
-A demonstrated commitment by both businesses and the general public to limit the spread of disease and engage in responsible social distancing.

Gathering Size: The proposed gathering size would be raised to 250 people.
-Distancing of 6 feet between non-household members will still be required.
-Parks and outdoor gathering spaces can have multiple groups of 250, provided those groups are physically separated by at least 20 feet.
-Indoor gathering spaces are limited to 250 people. Multiple groups of 250 are permitted if they are in discreet and segregated spaces.

Indoor service at restaurants and bars: Capacity limits would be lifted.
-Distancing of 6 feet between non-household members will still be required.
-Restaurants will be required to check with their local liquor licensing authority on their ability to serve alcohol in outdoor spaces.

Lodging: Capacity limits would be lifted. 
-Distancing of 6 feet between non-household members will still be required.

Pools: Capacity limits on pools that use chlorine or bromine would be lifted.
-Distancing of 6 feet between non-household members will still be required.

Face Coverings: Guidance on face coverings will remain consistent with the current Blue Square Phase, which strongly recommends the use of face coverings in indoor public spaces and requires their use for employees in certain professions where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners is continuing to urge residents to take a personal pledge to follow the “Five Commitments of Containment:”

I will maintain 6 feet of social distance
I will wash my hands often
I will cover my face in public
I will stay home when I am sick
I will get tested immediately if I have symptoms

Community members are reminded that personal responsibility also means people must make the best decisions for themselves. Officials caution that just because restrictions on certain businesses and activities have loosened, it does not mean those who are uncomfortable or are in high-risk categories for COVID-19 should participate.

Additional information will be available once the county receives a response on its variance request. Information on the state’s variance request process can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website. Regular updates on the county’s response to COVID-19 are being shared at www.ECEmergency.org. The county’s forum for community discussions is at www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Those with additional questions can email covidquestions@eaglecounty.us or call 970-328-9750.

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El Condado de Eagle ha presentado una Solicitud de Divergencia al Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado, que le permitiría pasar a la siguiente fase de órdenes de salud pública en respuesta al COVID-19. La transición a la Fase "Diamante Negro" reemplazaría algunas restricciones que se encuentran vigentes en el Mapa de Transición del Condado desde el 25 de mayo.

Debido a que las revisiones propuestas son menos estrictas que las establecidas por el estado en la orden "Más Seguros en Casa y al Aire Libre”, esta solicitud de divergencia debe ser aprobada antes de que se adopten nuevas órdenes. El estado podría aprobar, solicitar cambios o denegar la solicitud.

A continuación, se presenta un resumen de la solicitud de divergencia:

El inicio de la Fase Diamante Negro está prevista para el día 22 de junio, cuatro semanas después de la implementación de la Fase del Cuadrado Azul. El monitoreo actual de la enfermedad muestra que el condado estará preparado para tomar este próximo paso. Pasar a la Fase del Diamante Negro en la fecha dispuesta depende de:
-La aprobación estatal de la solicitud de divergencia del Condado de Eagle.
-De mantener la propagación local del COVID-19 en niveles manejables.
-Del compromiso de las empresas y el público en general para limitar la propagación de la enfermedad y mantener el distanciamiento social responsable.

Reuniones: La cantidad propuesta de personas para las reuniones se elevaría a 250.
-Se mantendrá una distancia de 6 pies entre personas que no conformen el mismo hogar.
-Los parques y espacios de reunión al aire libre pueden contar con diversas agrupaciones de hasta 250 integrantes cada una, con una distancia mínima de 20 pies entre grupos.
-Las reuniones en espacios interiores están limitadas a 250 personas. Se permiten múltiples grupos de 250 si se mantienen en espacios separados y distintos.

Servicio en el interior de Restaurantes y Bares: El límite de capacidad se elevaría.
-Se requerirá mantener el distanciamiento social de 6 pies entre las personas que no conformen el mismo hogar.
-Los restaurantes deberán verificar con la autoridad local de licencias para bebidas alcohólicas si podrán servirlas ó no, en espacios al aire libre.

Alojamiento: El límite de capacidad se elevaría.
-Se requerirá mantener un distanciamiento social de 6 pies entre personas que no conformen el mismo hogar.

Piscinas: el límite de capacidad en las piscinas en las que se utilizan cloro o bromo se elevaría.
-Se requerirá mantener un distanciamiento social de 6 pies entre personas que no conformen el mismo hogar.

Cubiertas Faciales: El lineamiento sobre el uso de cubiertas faciales será el mismo que se mantiene actualmente en la Fase del Cuadrado Azul, en la que se recomienda encarecidamente su uso en espacios públicos interiores, y lo requiere para empleados en ciertas profesiones donde no es posible mantener los 6 pies de distanciamiento social entre personas.

La Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Eagle continúa instando a los residentes a que asuman personalmente el cumplimiento de los “Cinco Compromisos de Contención”:

Mantendré 6 pies de distanciamiento social.
Me lavaré las manos con frecuencia.
Me cubriré la cara en público.
Me quedaré en casa cuando estoy enfermo.
Me haré la prueba de inmediato si tengo síntomas.

Se recuerda a los miembros de la comunidad que la responsabilidad personal también se refiere a que las personas tomen buenas decisiones por sí mismas. Los funcionarios advierten que el hecho de que las restricciones en ciertas empresas y actividades se hayan reducido, no significa que aquellas personas que se sientan incómodas o que se encuentren incluidas en categorías de alto riesgo para COVID-19 deban participar.

Habrá información adicional disponible cuando el condado reciba una respuesta sobre su solicitud de divergencia. La información sobre el proceso de solicitud de divergencia del estado se puede encontrar en el sitio web del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado. Las actualizaciones periódicas sobre la respuesta del condado al COVID-19 se comparten en www.ECEmergency.org. El foro del condado para debates comunitarios está en www.facebook.com/OneValleyVoice. Aquellos que tengan preguntas adicionales pueden enviar un correo electrónico a covidquestions@eaglecounty.us o llamar al 970-328-9750.

UPDATE 7:00 am, 6/11/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 7:00 am, 6/11/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

River operations continued yesterday, with Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, and Eagle River Fire Protection District searching the shorelines and islands. The night of Sebastian’s disappearance, river flows were in the neighborhood of 2000 cubic feet per second (cfs); yesterday flows had reduced to 1700 cfs, and the water had cleared significantly, allowing drone operations to provide some very successful video footage and preparations for river missions. Additional dogs were used to search the thick vegetation, downed trees, and other debris along the shoreline.

In addition to water operations, Eagle Police Chief Joey Staufer, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District Chief Doug Cupp and a representative from the FBI met with the family yesterday to answer questions regarding the investigation and search efforts. Family concerns regarding a number of rumors were discussed and inaccurate information that had made its way to the family was corrected.

The public information team has met with multiple members of the media over the past week, including local newspaper and radio stations, as well as Front Range television stations and the Univision Spanish television network (local and national). Flyers will also be posted at put in/take out spots along the river. Anyone who has information that may help in the search for Sebastian is asked to call the non-emergency number for Vail Public Safety Communications Center: (970) 479-2201.








Wednesday, June 10, 2020

UPDATE 7:00pm, 6/10/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 7:00pm, 6/10/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

Crews continued searching the river today, focusing on high probability areas in and around the location where Sebastian was last seen. Firefighters from Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and Eagle River Fire Protection District joined Vail Mountain Rescue (VMR) to search the shoreline by foot and the river using paddles, poles and their hands to search under boulders and in debris. A VMR drone was deployed in the morning and was able to capture clear video of the river due to the dropping water levels.

Public safety officials are asking citizens not to search along the river for safety reasons. River levels are still high, and searchers are encountering a significant amount of underwater debris that is not visible from the surface. Should a member of the public become injured or need rescue, it would pull limited resources away from the search. The areas of focus are extremely high risk, so we are requesting that people leave the river search to the teams that are trained for these types of operations.

These weekend statistics from Vail Mountain Rescue Group highlight just a portion of the efforts of the team.
  • Number of boats launched: 10 Saturday/12 Sunday
  • Number of boat trips: 25 Saturday/26 Sunday
  • Number of dogs deployed: 3 Saturday/6 Sunday
  • Total person hours: 300 Saturday/300 Sunday
  • Total river miles: 152 Saturday/175 Sunday
  • Professional boat assistance: 12 Saturday/13 Sunday
  • Professional boat personnel hours: 96 Saturday/104 Sunday
  • Total personnel hours (Search & Rescue and professional combined): 396 Saturday/404 Sunday











UPDATE 7:00 am, 6/10/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 7:00 am, 6/10/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

River operations continued yesterday, with Vail Mountain Rescue (VMR) and Garfield County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) crews combing the river from the Highway 6 bridge in Eagle to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon. Searchers in kayaks, boats, and the GCSAR Rescue Cat (motorized boat) made multiple laps up and down the river, checking shorelines and islands. Dog teams were also utilized, as well as an Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone.

Search efforts will continue today.

This is a very difficult and emotional time for the family of Sebastian and the entire Eagle County community. As we continue our search, we want to remind citizens that the river is extremely dangerous and are urging everyone to leave search efforts in this area to our highly trained water rescue teams. Thank you for your continued support and patience!

Photo courtesy Gary Buck Photography

Photo courtesy Vail Mountain Rescue Group

Photo courtesy Vail Mountain Rescue Group

Photo courtesy Scott Bellow Photography

Photo courtesy Vail Mountain Rescue Group


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.




UPDATE 7:00am 6/9/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search


UPDATE 7:00am 6/9/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

No further leads were reported overnight. Vail Mountain Rescue did not launch kayaks yesterday evening as planned due to the weather. The County did receive a fair amount of rain with snow in some areas overnight.

Yesterday’s search activities included:
5 total boats
17 searchers
72 search hours

The plan today is to deploy a Garfield County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) dog team with Vail Mountain Rescue (VMR) teams in the Eagle and Gypsum area. We will also be utilizing GCSAR's Rescue Cat (motorized boat) running the shore lines from Dotsero down into Glenwood Canyon and back.  Additionally, two other VMR staffed boats are planning to launch, along with a drone team.

All search activities today are weather permitting.

Thank you to VMR and GCSAR for their tireless efforts and to everyone else who has participated in efforts to locate Sebastian. The amount of community support has been amazing and overwhelming.

We would be remiss if we did not also thank the Vail Valley Salvation Army for providing meals for volunteers, first responders and the incident management team. Thank you also to Vail Honeywagon, who provided a hand washing station for volunteers to help ensure safe practices during our new era of living with COVID-19.




Monday, June 8, 2020

UPDATE 6:00pm 6/8/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

UPDATE 6:00pm 6/8/20: Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

Vail Mountain Rescue ran five search trips down the river in rafts earlier today, followed by searchers in kayaks this afternoon. Unfortunately, they were unable to locate any additional clues that might help locate the 3-year-old-boy. The search is slow and time consuming, as evidenced by these photos, which show the types of river hazards they have encountered over the past several days. Additionally, they have identified approximately 10 spots where conditions are too dangerous, and can only be searched once river levels have subsided.

Tomorrow morning, a dog team will be deployed to conduct searches on several sections of the river as well. No land-based searches will be taking place.






6/8/20,update 10:00 am : Sebastian Castro Search

As reported yesterday, search efforts have shifted to focus on the river, with no land-based searches taking place. Thank you to everyone who volunteered over the weekend for your assistance.
Vail Police Department conducted a pre-dawn thermal drone mission in the Eagle Villas area today, mostly focusing on the river banks, with no success. Vail Mountain Rescue will be out on the river again today with the assistance of Garfield County Search and Rescue. Multiple boat teams will be searching along the river throughout the day.
River levels remain very high, with strong currents and a significant amount of underwater debris. The public is discouraged from conducting their own searches along the riverbanks and is requested to allow the river professionals to focus on these areas.
Due to low call volume, the tip line will no longer be monitored as of 5:00 pm today. Information that may assist in locating Sebastian can be shared via the non-emergency number for Vail Public Safety Communications Center (911 Dispatch): (970) 479-2201.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

8 p.m. update on Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

An estimated 500-600 volunteers and first responders have spent countless hours searching for Sebastian Rodriguez Castro since he disappeared Friday night near the Eagle Villas Apartments in Eagle, Colorado. Search efforts have included ground searches, helicopters, multiple UAV (drone) teams, trained search and rescue dog teams, water rescue teams, FBI operations, and a 24-hour tip line for leads on Sebastian’s location. Search efforts have thus far been unsuccessful.

Late yesterday, an article of clothing that was positively identified as Sebastian’s was located in the Eagle River. As a result, the search area was expanded to include additional downstream areas. The phone he was carrying when he went missing was found today in the river below the apartment complex. Despite exhaustive efforts by both first responders and volunteers, we have been unable to find any other additional clues.

Land-based searches have been extensive, both in town and all surrounding areas. As a result, beginning tomorrow, we will be consolidating search efforts to focus on the river. Vail Mountain Rescue will continue to conduct water searches, and air operations will continue, but land-based searches will be suspended unless additional information becomes available.

We are tremendously grateful for everyone that donated their time and resources to this highly emotional search. We kindly ask that you respect the privacy of Sebastian’s family during this incredibly difficult time, and assure authorities will continue to follow up and work closely with the family on any and all leads.

The Town of Eagle and the Eagle Police Department would like to thank the following local, state, and federal agencies for their assistance: Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department, Vail Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Vail Mountain Rescue, Summit County Rescue Group, Garfield County Search and Rescue, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, FBI, the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Routt County, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the National Institute of Missing and Exploited Children, HAATS, ECO Transit, Vail Transit, Vail Valley Salvation Army, the Northwest Colorado Incident Management Team, and Vail Public Safety Communications Center. We also extend our gratitude for the volunteer efforts and the outpouring of support that our communities have provided to search teams and to the family.


10 a.m. update on search for Sebastian Castro

Search operations resumed at 7 a.m., with five teams comprised of first responders and volunteers continuing land-based operations, and Vail Mountain Rescue resuming river operations. Four dog teams and multiple UAV (drone) teams will patrol the riverbanks, while land-based teams continue grid-based search efforts, including an extended area downstream into Garfield County.

Please do not fly personal drones in the area, as it will prevent aerial operations from taking place. Additionally, current high water levels have created extremely dangerous conditions in the river and along the riverbank, with numerous hazards identified. Please leave water-based activities to Vail Mountain Rescue professionals.

Additional resources, including Gypsum Fire Protection District, Routt County, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, and Garfield County Search and Rescue joined the search effort yesterday.

Special thanks to the Frye family, who donated bottled water to keep searchers hydrated.




Saturday, June 6, 2020

Search for Sebastian Castro continues until sunset, resumes tomorrow

News from the Northwest Colorado Incident Management Team, the Town of Eagle, and Eagle Police Department:

The search continues for Sebastian Castro, the 3-year-old boy that was reported missing from Eagle Villas apartments on June 5 at about 9:20 p.m.

Over 300 civilian volunteers came out today to aid in the search, alongside the Eagle Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department, Vail Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Vail Mountain Rescue, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, FBI, the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the National Institute of Missing and Exploited Children, US Secret Service, HAATS, ECO Transit, Vail Transit, and Vail Public Safety Communications Center.

For safety reasons, the search utilizing volunteers will conclude at sunset today, with first responders monitoring the river overnight. We will resume our search for Sebastian tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. We have set up a signup process which will allow volunteers to sign up for search shifts for tomorrow, Sunday, June 7.

There will be two shifts: 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 pm – 9 p.m. Please click on the link below to enter your information and select your preferred shift. Once the shifts are full, we unfortunately cannot accept any more volunteers, so please do not show up without first signing up:

https://forms.gle/CGwBTirBFDedBEHD8

If you intend to volunteer tomorrow, please remember that we are still in the “Blue Square Stage” of our COVID-19 recovery. Please bring and wear a face covering whenever you are within 6 feet of others. Please also bring your own hand sanitizer and use it frequently. Please continue to practice social distancing and if you feel ill, please stay home. You must be a minimum of 21 years old to volunteer. We recommend volunteers come prepared with sturdy hiking shoes, sunscreen, and warm rain gear in order to be prepared for all types of weather. Volunteers should expect to be hiking over rough terrain for the duration of their shift.

Search and rescue crews today noticed a number of families joining in search efforts along the river. With our current high water levels, it is extremely dangerous along the river banks, and we would prefer that you leave these search areas to Vail Mountain Rescue and other professionals.

We appreciate the continued overwhelming support in response to the ongoing search for Sebastian Castro. We are immensely grateful for the outpouring of support we have seen both from the community and from our assisting agencies during this difficult time.

On behalf of the Town of Eagle and the Eagle Police Department, thank you. We are so proud of our community and the way we have come together to support each other during this difficult time.

Sebastian Castro search assisted by drones


A message from the Eagle Police Department:

The search continues for 3-year-old Sebastian Castro. In addition to search teams on land, Vail Mountain Rescue has deployed search teams on the water, and drones along the river.

HAATS also provided a Lakota helicopter to extend the search area. As these operations took place, air to ground communications were a key component to ensure safe operations.

Please do not fly personal drones in the area, as it will prevent aerial operations from taking place.

Anyone with information that may help with locating Sebastian is asked to call (970) 445-4911 or email eaglecountypio@gmail.com.

Thunderstorms delay search for Sebastian Castro

A message from the Eagle Police Department:

Due to incoming weather, we may be forced to pull search teams in from the field for safety reasons. The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, with high winds and lightning expected. Please do not show up to volunteer at this time.

Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter, and suspend any outdoor activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area.



Update on search for Sebastian Castro

A message from the Eagle Police Department:

The Eagle Police Department would like to extend its appreciation for the overwhelming support in response to the ongoing search for Sebastian Castro. On behalf of all the first responders involved in the search, words cannot express our gratitude for the volunteer efforts and the outpouring of support that our communities have provided to search teams and to the family.

At this time, our civilian search team has reached capacity. We are working on a process to more effectively utilize volunteers, and ask that those wanting to volunteer please refrain from showing up at Eagle Villas at this time. Please check back at www.Facebook.com/EagleCountyPIO for more information on volunteer opportunities. We are evaluating a process to allow volunteers to sign up for shifts, and will share details as soon as they have been worked out.

We understand that the community wants to help but we also want to avoid potential injuries which would divert emergency services away from search efforts. Again, thank you to everyone who has offered their assistance and support.

Search for missing 3-year-old in Eagle



The Eagle Police Department is conducting a search for Sebastian Castro, age 3, who was last seen at his apartment at Eagle Villas. Eagle Police has learned that there was a young boy with a similar description of Sebastian on the playground at the Eagle Villas, 405 Nogal Rd, Eagle, CO around 9 p.m. last night, June 5, 2020. Sebastian has brown hair and eyes, and was wearing and red and red shoes, with ripped blue jeans. He is autistic and non-verbal, and not comfortable with adults he does not know. The family is asking that anyone helping to look for please do not scream, yell or shout his name. He responds well to kid’s songs and animal noises, loves colorful things, water and insects. He is a heavy sleeper and like to sleep in tight small spaces.

Search volunteers are asked to check in at the Eagle Villas office for accountability purposes and so searchers can be organized and efforts are not duplicated. We also ask that volunteers avoid searching along the river due to steep banks, high water and a significant amount of brush and debris. Vail Mountain Rescue has boats floating the river, and drones have been deployed to search the river area safely.

The Eagle Police Department has been searching since last night, with the assistance of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, FBI, the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the National Institute of Missing and Exploited Children, US Secret Service and Vail Public Safety Communications Center. Anyone with information that may help with locating Sebastian is asked to call (970) 445-4911 or email eaglecountypio@gmail.com.