Summit County Man Missing On 14,067ft Missouri Mountain, CO

Chris Wallner | BackcountryBackcountry | Industry NewsIndustry News
Shuei Kato. Image: Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office

According to The Aspen Times, a Summit County man was reported missing early Sunday morning after he failed to make it home. Shuei Kato, a 36-year-old man from Silverthorne, CO, summited 14,067ft Missouri Mountain, CO around noon on Saturday. He was expected to return home later that afternoon, but he never did, so his wife reported him missing around 2am on Sunday morning.

The Red Pin Marks Missouri Mountain. Image: Google Maps

After Valerie Kato reported Shuei missing, deputies immediately responded to the Missouri Gulch trailhead and discovered his car. At first light on Sunday, 45 ground crew searchers, and 3 helicopters from Flight For Life and the Air National Guard High Altitude Training Center set out in search of the missing man. The search operation lasted late into the evening and turned up nothing.

Cairns lead the way to the top of Mount Missouri. Image: @the_gaper_that_shreds

The search for Shuei Kato was postponed on Monday due to inclement weather and avalanche risk in the area. The Sherriff’s office is urging the public to not go searching on their own due to dangerous conditions in the area. Weather conditions improved in the area and the search was resumed early Tuesday morning, so we are hoping for the best.


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