The man missing on Missouri Peak since Saturday has been found today. Shuei Kato,36, was found at about noon on Tuesday, October 10, about five miles from the 14,000-foot summit of Missouri Peak in the Sawatch Range in Colorado.
Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said,
Kato had built a fire, and “is fine, he is in great shape, no physical problems.”
Timeline of Events:
Shuei Kato of Summit County, Colorado was reported missing by his wife Valerie Kato at 2 a.m. Sunday morning after he failed to return Saturday night as planned.
The Sheriff’s Department of Chaffee County, CO started their search Sunday at the Missouri Gulch trailhead of the 14,067- foot Missouri Peak with the help of Search & Rescue. Kato’s car was found in the parking lot at the trailhead.
Search and Rescue looked for Kato all day Sunday. 45 ground personnel as well as, three helicopters from Flight For Life, the Air National Guard High Altitude Training Center based in Eagle County and five members of the Summit County Rescue Group as well as the Flight For Life team from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.
On Monday the search was called of due to inclement weather and avalanche risk. About 4 inches of snow fell on Sunday night causing slippery, cold conditions on the mountain.
The search resumed Tuesday. Kato was found at around noon Tuesday and was said to be in good condition. The Denver Post spoke with Sheriff Speeze. He said he does not yet know what led to Kato being stranded on the mountain, nor did he know if he had made it to the summit.
“We are still trying to figure out what he did.”