Father of missing Longs Peak hiker calls on Trump, state officials for help after park officials suspend search

The family of a missing Air Force Academy cadet candidate believes 20-year-old Micah Tice is still alive, hunkered down in a sheltered space on winter-blasted Longs Peak.

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From left are Micah Tice and his father, Benjamin Tice.

Tice went missing two weeks ago, his vehicle was found parked at the Longs Peak Trailhead and a search of the mountain began the next morning, on Nov. 27. The search was suspended Tuesday by Rocky Mountain National Park officials with the caveat that it could restart based on new clues and optimal weather.

On Friday, Benjamin Tice, Micah’s father, at a news conference made a plea to state and federal officials, including President Donald Trump, to help resurrect search efforts.

“President Trump: we plead for your help. Secretary Zinke has the ability to request military assistance, and we have thus far not received word that this was formally done, despite verbal understandings that this was done,” Benjamin Tice said, according to Denver7. “Secretary Zinke: we plead for your help. Colorado Governor Hickenlooper has the ability to activate National Guard troops to assist with the Micah Tice rescue. Gov. Hickenlooper: We plead for your help. Colorado Governor-Elect Jared Polis has tremendous influence in this area as congressman. Governor-Elect Polis: we plead for your help.”

Rocky Mountain National Park officials, who launched the earlier, unsuccessful search efforts on Longs Peak, responded Friday to the Tice family news conference.

“First and foremost, our hearts continue to go out to Micah’s family and friends,” park officials said in a statement. “We cannot begin to understand the pain and anguish Micah’s parents must be feeling, coupled with their helplessness in wanting to find their son. We also want to find Micah.”

Park officials said the number of rescuers deployed on the mountain has been “appropriate” considering high altitude and winter weather safety concerns for searchers.

“Military assets used have included helicopter support from the Colorado Air National Guard, cell phone analysis from Air Force Resource Coordination Center (AFRCC), and the mountaineering club from USAFA,” the park statement said.

Park officials said they again searched a promising area on Friday, where tracks had been seen earlier, with rescuers and a search dog, although nothing turned up this time. Searchers plan to again check that general area on Saturday, weather permitting.

There are no “shelters” for Micah Tice’s use, other than “innumerable large boulders,” park officials said. Limited search activities will occur during winter months as conditions allow.

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