Dating army ranger disappearing act
Everyone on the ground—as is largely the case with search and rescue—were volunteers. In that first week, the search engaged about 15 dogs and 200 people on foot, horseback, and ATV.
That morning, as ranch employees and guests continued the search, Jane Van Berkum, 48, alerted Joe’s parents—Zoe, 56, and Neal, 59.The ranch is in Conejos County, which is bigger than Rhode Island, with 8,000 residents and no stoplights.Sheep graze in the sunshine; potatoes and barley are grown here and trucked north to Denver.Three new marijuana dispensaries in the tiny town of Antonito lure New Mexicans across the nearby state line.
Conejos—Spanish for “rabbits”—is one of the poorest counties in Colorado. While its eastern plains stretch across the agricultural San Luis Valley, its western third rises into the 1.8-million-acre Rio Grande National Forest, which sprawls over parts of nine counties.More dogs arrived from Albuquerque—and identified different directions of travel or none at all.Additional firefighters drove over from La Plata County.But after several days, volunteers began going home, pulled by other obligations.