Chad Pallansch

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About Chad Pallansch's case

Primary Source: CNN

CNN — 
Rescuers in northern Colorado say they are still searching from the air and on the ground for a 49-year-old man who went missing late last month in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Chad Pallansch of Fort Collins, Colorado, was last heard from via text message around noon on September 27, according to the National Park Service.

The text “indicated he was almost to the summit of Mount Alice and roughly 7 miles from the Bear Lake area,” a news release stated. 
Pallansch, described as a “fit runner with both trail running and marathon experience,” was reported overdue on September 28, the park service said.

Rangers found his vehicle parked at the North Inlet Trailhead on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Pallansch began his route from the East Inlet Trailhead near Grand Lake. His reported itinerary included a 28-mile route “which included crossing the Continental Divide and traveling on established trails as well as off-trail travel through steep talus slopes,” according to a release.

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Last Known Location

  • 67H6+HJH Grand Lake

Last Known Location

  • 68QP+MM Allenspark

Investigative Details

  • Cause of Death: Not Applicable

Significant Dates

  • Reported Missing: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 (10 months ago)
  • Date Found: No Date Available

Administrative Details

Monday, January 8, 2024 (7 months ago)

Missing NPF Public Identification Number (MPID) 13979

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