Missing student’s truck found

Montrose man didn’t go to class Tuesday; vehicle spotted at Black Canyon

File mug of missing person Mark Young, Jr. Photo Special to the Sentinel.

MONTROSE — As a member of the Civil Air Patrol, pilot Mark Young of Montrose has searched for hundreds of missing people over the years. This time he’s looking for his own son.

When Young learned his 21-year-old son, Mark Young Jr., did not go to class Tuesday morning at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, he immediately launched an air search.

The elder Young said he spotted his son’s truck, a 2002 Ford Explorer, in the parking lot of the visitors’ center of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park about 2:30 p.m. Thursday while flying over the area.

He said the area was a favorite hiking spot for his son. The Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse, a search and rescue group, arrived at the park around the same time he spotted the truck, Young said.

A former Montrose County coroner and owner of Young Manufacturing, Young is also a member of the sheriff’s posse.

Young said he had not slept in three days and is worried about foul play in his son’s disappearance.

“It’s pretty obvious something bad happened,” he said.

Mark Young Jr. is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has blond hair and brown eyes.

Park County spokeswoman Patty Chapman said Mark Young Jr.’s cell phone was last activated from a Bailey cell-phone tower Wednesday about 12:30 a.m. when someone called it to check for messages. She said the tower covers a large area, including Jefferson County.

Montrose County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Bobbie McCoit said Thursday afternoon deputies were still at the site where the truck was found, and no further information was available.

Investigation of the missing man will be handled by park rangers at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, a Montrose County Sheriff’s Department employee later said.

Park rangers were still searching the canyon as darkness fell Thursday evening, said park spokeswoman Angie Richman.

“We’ve had people looking from both rims and have searched all the hiking rails, but so far found nothing,” she said.


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