A Colorado police officer has gone missing while trying to solo climb Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Russia. Now, U.S. officials are reaching out to the Russian government for help in tracking him down.
Steven Beare of Littleton, Colorado, was last heard from on June 16. He had traveled to Russia to make the perilous trek up the 18,510-foot tall mountain.
“As I’m sure you can imagine, Mr. Beare’s wife and family are terribly worried about him,” Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) wrote in a letter to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. “Although Mr. Beare is an experienced climber with extensive training, the events to date indicate that something serious may have gone wrong during his ascent of the mountain.”
While American rescue workers have already begun searching the expansive locale for any signs of Beare’s whereabouts, Coffman called on Kislyak to ensure that “your country lends any and all aid available to efforts underway to locate Mr. Beare.”
Unfortunately, poor weather conditions have rendered search efforts mostly useless as visibility drops and workers have difficulty moving about. The regional branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has reportedly aborted several rescue missions due to the weather, the New York Daily News reported.
In a statement, Beare’s employer described the missing lawman as “a highly respected officer for the Littleton Police Department and all of us are hopeful he will be located quickly.”
“Through this difficult time, the employees of the department are supporting his wife, Olivia, and their family,” the statement continued.
Beare’s wife, Olivia, took to Facebook to assemble her own team of “highly experienced climbers and even those with rescue experience” to bring her husband back.
“I will post more if I hear anything else but for now Steven will be spending another brutally cold night somewhere on the damn mountain,” she wrote. “Pray he is cooped up in a warm hole still breathing and hanging onto his life.”