Posted: Sep 18, 2010 9:26 PM by Matt Stafford
76-year-old Jong Chung was found, unconscious but alive, after nearly two days of searching in El Paso County.
Search crews have been combing areas, like Goose Gossage Trail, looking for Chung. He was called in as missing Thursday to Colorado Springs Police after not returning from a noon walk.
On a search sometimes the smallest clue can send you in the right direction, and El Paso County crews got a helpful one Friday.
"Somebody's dog on Milam Road brought back a hat that nobody recognized and so that was our first real clue and break in the search," explained Reg Francklyn, with El Paso County Search and Rescue. He said the hat belonged to Chung.
Trackers were sent to the area, near Black Forest, where the hat was found.
On Saturday, searchers were out again.
"It turned out his tracks was headed east and our trackers were starting to follow those tracks at the time that he was located," Francklyn said.
Black Forest firefighters got to Chung first. He was unconscious in a field near Jason Road, not far from the trackers.
Crews say based on past experience and because of Chung's age, this search could have ended with a much different result.
"Unfortunately, some of the people are never found and so we're very fortunate that he was found alive," Francklyn says.
Chung was transported to Memorial North Hospital. He was listed in serious condition Saturday evening.