Hiker lost for 24 hours ignored calls from rescuers because of unknown number

By Jackie Salo | NY Post

A sign pointing towards the Mt. Elbert trail stands near the intersection of the Colorado Trail and the trail to the top of Mt. Elbert on July 30, 2016. Mt. Elbert is the highest point in Colorado and the second highest mountain in the lower 48 states.
The Lake County Search and Rescue team was looking for a missing hiker in Mount Elbert, Colorado.
Denver Post via Getty Images

A hiker lost on a mountain in Colorado ignored repeated calls from rescuers — later explaining that they had been unfamiliar with the phone number, authorities said.

The person was reported missing after they didn’t return from an expedition Oct. 18 on Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the state, Lake County Search and Rescue said.

Search crews canvassed the area the following day, but couldn’t find the hiker, officials said.

The team then tried to call the hiker, but were unable to reach them, authorities said.

The hiker had apparently wandered off the trail and spent the night looking for it.

After 24 hours lost, they found their way out and made it to their car, officials said.

The person apparently didn’t know that a search team had been looking for them.

“The subject ignored repeated phone calls from us because they didn’t recognize the number,” rescuers wrote on Facebook.

“If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone; it may be a [search and rescue] team trying to confirm you’re safe!”

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