Snow hinders search for New Castle woman

Nearly a month and a half after her disappearance, crews plan to continue to search for New Castle resident Rose Backhaus, 54, in the Utah desert.

Search posses are making forays as weather permits in the area of Little Wild Horse and Bell canyons, where Backhaus was last seen on Nov. 16.

“I have to keep looking at it, and I think most of those guys in the posse look at it as if, what if it were my family,” Emery County Sheriff Lamar Guymon said.

An avid hiker, she was last seen at a trailhead southwest of Green River. Authorities found her vehicle there Nov. 24.

Guymon said the last search group went out two weekends ago.

They found some tracks,  but they haven’t been able to continue to follow them since because of heavy snow cover.

“We’re waiting for that to melt down, and then we’ll hit it again,” he said.

The tracks were found in an area where lip balm also was discovered. Officials haven’t been able to determine if the lip balm belonged to Backhaus.

Jim Gisburne worked with Backhaus at Copy Copy in Glenwood Springs, where she was the store manager. The store has begun advertising for a new manager, which Gisburne said is hard to take.

Gisburne respected Backhaus as a boss and enjoyed her company as a friend. The two sometimes hiked together.

“I just think she got in over her head,” he said.


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