Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

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March 13, 2013
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Psychics enlisted to aid search for Aspen skier

ASPEN - The family of missing skier Jeff Walker consulted with psychics who guided search efforts Tuesday by ski patrol and volunteers at Aspen Highlands, Walker's girlfriend confirmed.

A search for the third straight day failed to lead to the discovery of the 55-year-old Aspen man.

"We've got some strong feelings that he's still alive," Liz Sathe, Walker's girlfriend, said Tuesday afternoon. She said Walker's family consulted with three psychics after intensive search efforts Sunday and Monday failed to yield any clues on Walker's whereabouts. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen suspended their search at the end of the day Monday. Aspen Highlands ski patrol said it would continue to look for Walker.

Information from the psychics about the type of terrain where Walker might be was provided to Aspen Skiing Co. for the search on Tuesday. The search effort was guided to skier's right of the mountain, Sathe said.

"They've all been consistent," Sathe said of the psychics. "They all feel strongly that this is a (critical) day because he can't scream anymore."

Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said patrol is working with the family. "We're taking every single lead seriously," he said.

The information from the family partially but not exclusively directed the search effort, Hanle said. The search had already focused on Highland Bowl, which family and friends said Walker liked to ski nearly every day.

Hanle said Aspen Highlands ski patrol and volunteers were searching in the skier's right of the bowl. Patrollers also searched rocky ledges out of bounds within 100 yards of the ski-area boundary. The search will expand out of bounds on the Maroon Bowl side of the ski area on Wednesday, according to Hanle.

He was uncertain how many patrollers and members of the public participated in the search Tuesday.

The last known location of Walker was a scan of his ski pass at the base chairlift at Aspen Highlands at 12:04 p.m. Thursday, according to authorities. He was reported missing Saturday evening, and a massive search was launched Sunday involving ski patrol from Skico's four areas, Mountain Rescue Aspen, the Sheriff's Office and roughly 60 volunteers from the public.

The search resumed Monday and featured eight teams of search dogs, a helicopter and 72 volunteers in addition to authorities. Eight teams of patrollers with search dogs concentrated on Highland Bowl. A helicopter employing the Recco rescue system flew over Highlands on Monday afternoon. Authorities were given information that Walker had a Recco receiver in his jacket. The helicopter contained Recco detection equipment, but no signal was picked up from a receiver.

The search will resume Wednesday.

scondon@aspentimes.com


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