FOUND!!!- Hillel Ben-Avi Missing in the Mummy Range of Colorado


UPDATE : Found Alive!

A hiker missing since Sunday in the rugged Mummy Range was found Wednesday, suffering from dehydration but mostly tired and hungry.

Hillel Ben-Avi of Austin, Texas, was admitted overnight at a hospital in nearby Estes Park for observation, according to a statement from Rocky Mountain National Park.

“This is the happiest day of my life, and I am extremely grateful to the entire search and rescue team,” the hiker’s brother Doran Ben-Avi said in the statement.

Ben-Avi, 45, was spotted in the Hague Creek drainage area of the Mummy Range waving a makeshift flag at a helicopter. He was flown out, transferred to an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

HillalbenaviFrom the AP

Rangers and search-and-rescue teams combed the rugged Mummy Range in the northern part of the park Tuesday for a hiker from Texas who has been missing since Sunday.

Hillel Ben-Avi, 45, of Austin, Texas, was last seen while climbing 13,502-foot Fairchild Mountain, about 60 miles northwest of Denver.

It was the second time in a month that someone has disappeared in the Mummy Range. Park Ranger Jeff Christensen died July 29 from head injuries suffered in a fall while patrolling the area alone.

Ben-Avi was hiking ahead of his brother, who last saw him near the summit. When his brother reached the summit, Ben-Avi was not there, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said.

Two helicopters, two dog teams and about 70 searchers were looking for the missing man Tuesday.

Hillel is a Radiologist out of Austin, Texas according to his biography.

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Posted September 1, 2005 by
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