Rescue teams have called off the search for Damian and Evan McManus, a father and son who went missing after a hiking trip in the Colorado highlands.
Damian, 51, and Evan, 18, set out last Wednesday for an excursion that was only supposed to last until Saturday. They never returned and haven’t been heard from since.
Crews have been searching the area where they were believed to have been but have so far found no sign of them. Loved ones back home in Minnesota, including mom Katherine and twin-sister Lauren, are now dealing with the difficult decision to give up hope that they would be found alive.
Evan’s girlfriend Ashley was supposed to get a phone call from him as soon as they returned from their trek but she never heard from him. She set up a Facebook page asking friends to help with the search effort.
Now, members are leaving messages of condolences, including Ashley’s father who wrote:
"Please know, that Evan and Damian are in heaven. They left us together and are in heaven together. Please find peace in this.”
Damian and Evan’s trip was reportedly a spur of the moment plan in which they hoped to hike Mt. Evans. While the boys were in Colorado, Katherine and Lauren were on a spring break getaway to Mexico.
Officials believe they have done all they can to find the missing men, using helicopters, scent dogs and dozens of trained volunteers to search the base of the 14,000 foot mountain.
Our thoughts are certainly with Damian and Evan’s family and friends today.
[Image via Facebook.]