VAIL, CO—Noting that there was definitely a chill in the air, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday that conditions were too nippy to continue search and rescue operations for Kyle Higgins, a 27-year-old hiker who has been missing for two days. “While we remain committed to finding this young man, the breeze is currently too crisp to carry out further rescue efforts, and our EMT units face the very real risk of getting the shivers,” said Eagle County sheriff Jeff Hagedorn, who confirmed reports that you could see your breath outside, prompting him to suspend the search for the next 24 hours. “Unfortunately, even with the precautions of bundling up in pullovers and wool mittens, we don’t have the layering necessary to keep sufficiently toasty right now. It’s just too darn brisk out there.” The sheriff added that he hoped the fatigued, hungry, and possibly injured hiker could find a cozy little spot in the 400-square-mile expanse of wilderness and stay nice and snug until help arrived.
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