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Search for Missing Colorado Man Begins in Helena National Forest

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On Thursday December 5th a person reported a red Nissan pickup truck had been parked at Hunters Gulch in the Helena National Forest for five days. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff responded to the area where the vehicle was located and found it registered to Dale Brownlow, a 52-year-old man from Denver, Colorado who was last seen 12 days ago in the same area.

After several days of his vehicle not moving officials believe that he could potentially be missing. Deputies gathered information that he is an experienced camper, recently living in a hotel in the Helena area, and was not a very social person.

"Outdoor enthusiast, Wildlife Biology degree, and just truly loves the outdoors, doesn't necessary cherish the human contact is what the family said." says Sheriff Leo Dutton. 

Travel roughly 30 miles north of Helena and just outside the town of Nelson and you arrive here at the Helena National Forest at Hunters Gulch the location where Brownlow's vehicle was parked for nearly half a month and same place where search and rescue teams are beginning their search.

Thursday over 20 search and rescue personnel were out early morning by foot and helicopter looking for any signs of Brownlow's where about.

"What we will do today, is fly the ridges and we will fly the gulches to look for any sort of camp any type of activity." continues Dutton.

High mountains, colder temperatures, and snow are all factors officials are taking into consideration when looking for signs of Brownlow.

"There is a lot of area to look, so we are just going to have to take our time, move through it methodically and see what we can find." says Dutton. 

Crews were unable to find any signs of Brownlow today and will continue the search on Saturday.

"Everybody has a constitutional right to be able to camp when they want. It is nearing the 14 day mark from when the vehicle was parked so it is logical to say probably did not want to be gone that long, a very continuations person so we will work from there." stated Dutton.

If you have any information in regards to Brownlow you are urged to call the Lewis and Clark Sheriffs Department.

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