Search for missing Craig man Scott Burke has been suspended
September 26, 2016
The search for a Craig man was suspended Tuesday evening after an extensive search by air and ground.
According to his family, Scott Burke, 43, went shooting his .22 rifle Friday in Mesa County this weekend and didn't return after being expected back Saturday. Three days of searching turned up no signs, and Mesa County Sheriff's Office officially announced the suspension of the search process just after 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.
"It's now been four days and five nights," said daughter Tasha Burke, who is worried for her father's safety.
Scott has custody of his two young children: Colton, 11, and Mason, 17. Another son, Jesse, is 22, said Tasha. The family has joined the search.
"We have three planes up and volunteers. The community is stepping up. I have gathered up a bunch of people to take ATVs and dirt bikes to Cameo to help with the search," Tasha said Tuesday afternoon.
The aerial search continued Tuesday with planes from the Civil Air Service — Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction — as well as help from the CenturyLink helicopter.
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In addition, "ATV teams searched the Little Bookcliff Wild Horse area and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office also searched the access area off Cameo and Coal Canyon," according to Megan Terlecky of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
Scott was driving his 1985 white and blue Ford Bronco.
"He was driving his new Bronco with lifted tires because he wanted to go up trail that his truck wouldn't go up. He was looking forward to making it up a trail that he hadn't done before," Tasha Burke said. "He didn't give us much information to go off of and just never showed back up."
Burke could be anywhere with in the 700 square miles from the North Desert on 16 Road and the Bookcliffs area west of De Beque, Terlecky said.
Due to the large search area, Mesa County Sheriff's deputies, the Civil Air patrol and the area Bureau of Land Management were coordinating the air search, that Tuesday, expanded to included ATV teams that drove up and down all access roads in the search area between 16 Road to 29 Road and the canyons that access the Little Bookcliffs, Wild Horse area, Cameo and De Beque.
"This is a very large search area, that is why we are searching by air in hopes of spotting something. We are also hoping someone camping this weekend may remember seeing his car and help us narrow the search area," Terlecky said. "We are relying on a bird's-eye view to try to spot the car to get a better idea of where to focus our search."
Burke is 5 foot, 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.
Burke works at Colorado West, a bottled drinking water and ice supply company on Barclay Street in Craig.
The family continues to search and according to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, their search will resume if new leads come to light about Burke's whereabouts.
Hunters, campers, or anyone who might have seen Burke or who might know of his whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 970-242-6707.
The newspaper will update this story as more information becomes available.
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