The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen took part in an unsuccessful search for a missing 58-year-old Nebraska man near Capitol Creek on Saturday.
According to the press release sent out Saturday by Pitkin County, the search was part of an investigation into the disappearance of Ali Lazem Kenani of Lincoln, Neb.
Kenani was reportedly last seen in Basalt while traveling on his way to visit his son in California, the release said. He was contacted and assisted by Basalt police, through the press release did not specify the nature of that contact. Although having lived in Nebraska on and off for approximately the past 12 years Mr. Kenani speaks very little English, the release says.
Kenani was driving a 2005 Honda Accord, which was found in a private driveway near Capitol Creek Road.
“Search dogs and their handlers were assisted by ground teams from Garfield County Search and Rescue, Mountain Rescue Aspen, The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Forest Service. Searchers were deployed into the field at approximately 6 a.m. Saturday,” the press release said.
The search area covered some 900 acres of terrain and dog search teams were aided by a drone search team, which used heat-seeking technology, according to the press release.
At about 3:30 p.m. all 25 search-team personnel and volunteers deployed were safely out of the field.
“No clues as to Mr. Kenani’s whereabouts were found during the search. The investigation will continue,” the press release said.