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Search continues for missing hiker

Rose Backhaus is still missing in the Swell.

The Emery County Sheriff's Office has been involved in a search for a missing Colorado woman since Nov. 24. A call came into Grand County on Nov. 17 when the missing woman, 54 year old Rose Backhaus did not appear for work on Nov. 17. The last known record of Backhaus was when she checked out of the LaQuinta Inn in Moab on Nov. 16. Emery County officials located her car at the Little Wild Horse trailhead on Nov. 24 by 4 p.m.

Emery County Sheriff LaMar Guymon said they have checked every possible section in the Little Wild Horse Canyon area and points beyond. "We are out of leads. We are re-searching areas that have already been searched. We are pursuing the missing person angle of the case as well and our investigators have been sent to Denver to collect information and interview family members. We are waiting on a subpoena so we can get complete computer records from Backhaus' place of employment. We are in the process of regrouping to see where the search will go from here. We will have organized search parties comb the area as they become available, but the search has been scaled back from what it was in the beginning. We are concerned and will continue to search between now and Christmas," said Guymon

Backhaus is from New Castle, Colo. Backhaus is described as 5'2", 135-150 pounds, wears glasses and was wearing hiking pants and a lime green fleece jacket at the time of her disappearance.

She arrived at the Little Wild Horse trail head around 10 a.m. on Nov. 16 and her vehicle has been there ever since. It is a 2004 maroon Ford Explorer with a bike rack on the back. The Emery County Sheriff's Office is requesting that anyone who was in the area from the morning of Nov. 16-24 and has any knowledge to the location of Backhaus should contact the sheriff's office at 435-381-2404.

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