Searchers in San Miguel County look for Grand Junction man

Matt Busker/Special to the Sentinel

The search continued Wednesday for a 33-year-old Grand Junction man and co-owner of a local jiu-jitsu studio after his vehicle was found abandoned Tuesday on Black Bear Pass Road in San Miguel County.

Friends reported Matt Busker missing on Saturday, and crews with San Miguel County Road and Bridge found his teal green 1977 International Scout at 11:48 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department in Telluride.

Tammy Eastman, Busker’s friend and neighbor, described the co-owner of Grand Junction’s Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio as an outdoors enthusiast.

“He has pretty good camping knowledge,” Eastman said.

The Sheriff’s Department, along with help from numerous other agencies, searched for Busker for six hours Tuesday after his vehicle was found about 1 1/2 miles inside the county line at 12,000 feet.

They searched both on the ground and by the air Tuesday and resumed search efforts again Wednesday at 10 a.m., said Jennifer Dinsmore, spokeswoman with the Sheriff’s Department.

The area where Busker’s vehicle was found is in a very rugged, remote area.

Busker, described as 5-feet 9-inches tall and 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, is believed to have eaten at an Ouray restaurant Saturday.

“He’s a great guy,” Eastman said.

Anyone who spoke with Busker or saw him in the Black Bear Pass area, accessed off U.S. Highway 550 at the summit of Red Mountain Pass, should call the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department at 970-728-1911.


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