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Search continues in Colorado for father-son hikers

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

DENVER, CO - A search for a Minnesota father and son, presumed missing in the Colorado high country, ran into harsh winter weather and no trace of the pair Monday.

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Damian McManus, 51, and his 18-year-old son, Evan McManus, of St. Louis Park, were last heard from Wednesday, but Colorado authorities were not notified they were missing until Sunday, said Bill Barwick, spokesman with the Alpine Rescue Team in Clear Creek County, two hours west of Denver.

Twenty volunteers with the rescue team and others were looking for the pair Monday in the mountains above Echo Lake in the Arapaho National Forest.

It was snowing on and off in the search areas, Barwick said, and windy weather was blowing snow and making the 20-degree temperature feel more like zero.

Damian McManus’ vehicle was found Sunday in a parking lot at the Echo Lake Lodge, but there was no trace of which direction the father and son may have headed.

A National Guard helicopter also was taking part in the search, which includes backcountry experts on skis and snowshoes.

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