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Search underway for missing park visitor

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

SAND DUNES — A search and rescue effort was initiated on Thursday at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. An unattended vehicle located in the park’s horse trailer parking lot along Medano Road since this past weekend alerted park staff to further investigate the location of the visitor. Further investigation has identified the driver of the car as Bryan Skilinski from New York State. Skilinski first entered the park the morning of Saturday, February 11.

More than 28 people from multiple agencies and search and rescue groups are currently engaged in the search efforts. National Park Service (NPS), Alamosa County Search and Rescue, El Paso County Search and Rescue, and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control are assisting on the ground with crews on foot and horseback and with the use of a search dog. Colorado Fire Prevention and Control has a specially equipped aircraft searching over the dune field. Additional resources are expected to join the search efforts on Friday, February 17.

If anyone from the public believes they may have seen him while visiting the park or believe they have information pertinent to the search efforts please notify NPS Chief Ranger Dale Culver at 719-378-6321.

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