Search called off to find missing Bay Village hiker Gene George in Colorado mountains

CLEVELAND - Authorities in Colorado have called off search efforts to find a missing Cleveland-area man.

Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer told NewsChannel5's Paul Kiska that the search has officially been called off and a family member of Gene George will fly out to Colorado to meet with authorities.

George, 64, of Bay Village, was last heard from on Sept. 18 when he spoke to his girlfriend in Cleveland over the phone, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday.

Deputies said they believe George stayed at a motel that evening and other hikers said they saw a man fitting his description at the summit of Mount Harvard on Saturday. The hikers said he looked like he wasn't feeling well and asked him if he needed help. He said no and continued to descend.

He was reported missing on Sunday when he didn't check out of his motel room. George's car has already been found.

Over the past few days, more than a hundred volunteers have searched for George with the help of helicopters, dog teams, horseback teams and a fixed-wing aircraft.

Anyone with information about George's whereabouts should call the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office at 719-539-2596.

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