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June 2, 2016

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Update on the human remains search at Eldora Mountain Ski Resort

The search for additional human remains at the Eldora Mountain Ski Resort continues this morning

Eldora, Colo. - This morning at 8:00 a.m., the search for additional human remains resumed at the Eldora Mountain Ski Resort. The sheriff's Emergency Services Unit is continuing to coordinate the search and are being assisted by personnel from the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Boulder Emergency Services, Larimer County Search & Rescue, Arapahoe Rescue Patrol, Search & Rescue Dogs of Colorado, Search & Rescue Dogs of the United States, Nederland Fire Protection District, Eldora Mountain Ski Resort, and the sheriff's Mounted Search & Rescue Unit. 33 searchers, 6 SAR / cadaver dogs, and 5 horses, are being utilized in today's search effort.

The boot discovered yesterday by an employee of the ski resort is a left men's Rugged Outback snow-style boot. Inside the boot was a black sock and human remains consisting of a foot and the lower leg bones. The boot is a size 13. Yesterday's initial search of the immediate area where the boot was located was estimated to have been approximately 40,000 square yards (400x100) and no additional remains or related evidence was located.

The investigative effort to identify who the remains belong to is occurring contemporaneous to the search effort. The preliminary investigation has led investigators to believe the remains are not those of Ryder Johnson, a 20-year-old Lafayette man who was reported missing in January and had ties to the ski resort. Investigators are continuing to comb through missing person reports and have provided information to other law enforcement agencies across the state and country in an attempt to identify potentially related missing person cases.

The associated case number to this investigation is 16-3148.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner

Public Information Officer