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Hiking in the area near the base of Beaver Creek Resort has been limited by search and rescue officials, who called their operation a
Hiking in the area near the base of Beaver Creek Resort has been limited by search and rescue officials, who called their operation a "recovery" Sunday after two days of searching.
Courtesy of Eagle County Sheriff's Office 
Hope fading in search for woman missing in Beaver Creek
By Tom Boyd

June 22, 2008 — The search continues for a 56-year-old woman who went missing in Beaver Creek Friday, but the mission has been deemed a "recovery" after two days of searching, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

Search and rescue officials have utilized mounted horse patrol units, water rescue crews, search and rescue dogs, a one-man boat, and aviation assistance from the Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Center (HAATS).

But there was no sign of Mary Brake, a prominent Lincoln, Neb., realtor. Brake reportedly fell into Beaver Creek while horseback riding with a local outfitter.

Search efforts began immediately following a 911 call that came in to the Vail Public Safety Communication Center at 6:11 p.m. and have continued through Sunday.

Blake was reportedly on a ride with an outfitter that provides rides to Beano’s Cabin, a restaurant on the ski mountain. The horse Blake was riding lost its footing and she fell into the creek. The horse was recovered further downstream and suffered minor injuries.

More information will be available as rescue operations continue.



Comment on article  1 Comment on "Hope fading in search for woman missing in Beaver Creek"


jason in omaha — June 22, 2008

Is there any state oversight over so called outfitters? You have all these patrons on hoseback and not one rope? She was hanging on to the saddle for three minutes!!! Get her a rope! That should be long enough for a qualified person to get a rope on her. I suspect that the whole pack of tourists was led by a non qualified minimum wage kid with not even a rope. Perhaps there needs to be more oversight to make sure qualified people are in charge of these outfitters and they are providing sound and capable mounts led by qualified adult guides.



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