A deputy with the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office has linked an abandoned vehicle at a trail head that leads into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with an Atlanta man reported missing more than a month ago.
The sheriff’s office is asking the public for help in finding the man who may have been driving it.
The 2007 Jeep was found at the North Crestone Trailhead on Oct. 26, according to a release from the department.
Xzianua Tong reported her husband, Abisha “Abe” Mounce missing on Nov. 14, but had the last contact from him on Oct. 21.
Tong reported her husband left on Oct. 20, and she was contacted by his employer the following day and notified he had missed a business appointment. Tong reported she received an email from her husband on Oct. 21, in which he said he was quitting his job and going hiking for a couple of weeks.
Mounce wrote Tong he would contact her, but she has not heard from him since.
Tong also told deputies that Mounce has not used his credit card or accessed his bank accounts.
Tomorrow, the Colorado National Guard will fly over the area to help the Sheriff’s Office in their search.
Mounce was known as an avid hiker and had recently hiked the Appalachian Trail.
Anyone with information or who may have seen Mounce or may have been hiking or climbing in Crestone area of the the Sangre Cristo Mountains from Oct. 25 to the present is asked to contact Deputy Nick Tolsma or Investigator Mark Werts at 719-655-2525.