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Official Search for Missing Scout Ends

Official Search for Missing Scout Ends



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Sam Penrod reporting The search has ended for a missing boy scout in the Uintas, after nothing was found Sunday.

Garrett Bardsley disappeared August 20 and is believed to have died after getting lost near Mirror Lake.

It's been a very tough and discouraging day at the search site. Over the last ten days, it's been a grueling situation for Garrett's family, along with the searchers who've tried their best to find him.

As the sun began to set Sunday night, hundreds of volunteers left discouraged, knowing the official search for Garrett Bardsley is over.

Steve Wilson/ Volunteer: "Very frustrating. Why? Because we can't find him. That's our number one goal, and we can't find him."

Sheriff Dave Edmunds/ Summit County Sheriff's Office: "We want to extend our condolences to the family. We feel horrible that we didn't find him. But we are going to continue looking."

Over the last ten days, searchers have spent thousands and thousands of man hours covering more than 40 square miles.

Sheriff Edmunds: "We've covered a lot of ground and that's very positive because now we know where he's not at. When we continue with the limited searches we'll know where we've already been."

Over the last ten days, helicopters, airplanes, and search dogs along with hundreds of people hiking all over the area have searched for Garrett, without any success.

There are two theories about why he has not been found. One, he may have kept walking, well beyond the search area. Or, the more likely scenario is that he took shelter in a secluded area of rocks, where he perished from the harsh conditions.

Garrett's family plans to regroup and continue with their own day searches in the area, a couple of days a week, while the weather permits.

The sheriff supports the family's ongoing efforts, but cautions volunteers to be careful themselves.

Sheriff Edmunds: "Never be alone. Always have provisional supplies, and if you get lost, stay in one spot."

If we have seen anything encouraging the last ten days, it has been the huge response from volunteers, including trained search and rescue teams, the majority of which are unpaid volunteers.

Sadly though, there is still no closure for Garrett's family.

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