A Colorado hiker lost for 24 hours ignored rescuers' attempts to reach them because they didn't recognize the phone number

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On October 18, a hiker set out on a 24 hour trek to climb Colorado's highest peak.

They were reported missing and a search-and rescue operation was conducted throughout the night.

The person didn't answer calls while the search was ongoing; they didn’t recognize the number.

According to the New York Post, a Colorado hiker lost on a trail turned down calls from search-and rescue officials trying to find him for 24 hours. They didn't recognize his number, which led to them failing to reach him repeatedly.

Officials from Lake County Search and Rescue posted a Facebook message about the incident that occurred on Mount Ebert in Colorado.

Officials stated that the hiker left at 9 a.m. on Oct 18, and that they started searching for him by 8 p.m. the following evening when an individual reported that the hiker had not returned.

The post stated that multiple attempts to reach the subject by cell phone were in vain.

Officials stated that a first team of five headed out at 11 p.m. in search of the missing hiker. They stayed there until 3 a.m. on Oct 19. The search was continued by a third team at 7:15 a.m. looking for hikers who are often lost in the area.

The search was called off at 9:30 AM the next day.

"At around 0930, the reporting party reported that the subject had returned home to their lodging. The post stated that all personnel were gone by 1000.

Officials stated that the individual lost the trail at nightfall, spent the night looking for it, and then bounced around on different trails to find the right trailhead.

They found their car 24 hours later than they had set out on the day hike.

The officials stated that one notable takeaway was that the subject didn't answer repeated calls from us because the number wasn't familiar to them. If you get repeated calls from unknown numbers, it could be an SAR team trying confirm your safety.

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