Deputies Searching Black Bear Pass for Missing Grand Junction Man
by Watch Staff
06.18.13 - 08:52 pm

SAN MIGUEL COUNTYLaw enforcement officials in San Miguel County are searching for a 33-year-old Grand Junction man whose 1977 International Scout was found abandoned on Black Bear Pass road Tuesday.

Matthew Busker was reported missing to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. His vehicle, a teal green 1977 Scout with a bikini top, was found abandoned by San Miguel County Road and Bridge crews Tuesday on Black Bear pass road, approximately 1.5 miles inside the San Miguel County line, at about 12,000 feet in elevation.

San Miguel County Sheriff's Office launched a search effort for Busker in the area, with personnel from the San Miguel County and San Juan County Sheriff's Offices, the Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement (with a K9) searching the rugged remote area on foot, motorcycle, and ATV. An Olathe Spray Service helicopter, with no success.  Plans for further searches are pending.

It is believed Busker ate at The Pub  in Ouray on Saturday, June 15.  Anyone speaking with Busker in Ouray or encountering him on the Black Bear Pass area, which he would have accessed from Hwy. 550 at the summit of Red Mountain Pass, is encouraged to contact San Miguel County Sheriff's Investigator Norman Squier at 970/728-1911.   

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