Aspen Police are attempting to locate Yuri Ognacevic (DOB 5/20/81) as a person of interest in the ongoing theft and armed robbery investigations. Ognacevic is a white male, 6 foot 2 inches tall, brown hair, blue eyes, weighing 185 pounds.
Officers with the Aspen Police Department investigated Ognacevic after multiple people identified him from photos and a video released by the department yesterday. The Aspen Police continue to follow leads and collect evidence in this case. Additional details will not be made public at this time in an effort to maintain the integrity of the investigation.
The public is encouraged to contact Aspen Police Department if you have any information about the person of interest by calling the Police Department at 970-920-5400, or text any tips to 970-315-2024.
hOn Wednesday, July 10th, around 7:05 PM, the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center received a phone call from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). The IERCC stated that they had received an “S.O.S” activation from a hand-held beacon at approximately 12,600’ on the standard route of Maroon Peak.
Maroon Peak is a 14,156 foot mountain located in the Elk Mountains roughly 12 miles southwest of Aspen, Colorado.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the S.O.S. beacon activation and learned that a climber had fallen approximately two hundred feet sustaining injuries that were not compatible with life. Further investigation revealed that there had been three people in the climbing party, and the two surviving members of the climbing party were still on the mountain and had attempted to resuscitate the fallen climber but were unsuccessful in their efforts.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen coordinated a rescue response and around 9:00 PM, a foot team of five volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen entered the field and followed the trail toward the standard climbing route on Maroon Peak, which is where it was believed the two remaining members of the climbing party would be descending.
Around 11:00 PM, the five-person team from Mountain Rescue Aspen located the two climbers and performed a brief medical assessment. The two climbers, having started their climb approximately twenty-two hours earlier, were exhausted and dehydrated, but uninjured. Using headlamps the rescuers from Mountain Rescue Aspen escorted the two climbers back down the trail to the parking lot of the Maroon Bells day-use area, arriving shortly after 2:00 AM.
On Thursday, July 11th, around 6:05 AM, three climbers from Mountain Rescue Aspen began a trek to locate the body of the fallen climber. Reaching the deceased climber around 10:05 AM, rescuers secured and prepared him for transport. The members from Mountain Rescue Aspen transported the deceased hiker to a lower elevation near the valley floor. Around 3:40 PM, the helicopter from the State of Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control, equipped with a long-line flew to the area where the rescuers had moved the victim to. At an altitude of roughly 11,307 feet, rescuers secured the deceased climber’s body to the long-line of the helicopter and then subsequently transported the victim to the Maroon Bells parking area before being taken to Aspen Valley Hospital. All rescuers were safely out of the field by 6:30 PM on Thursday.
The name of the victim is being withheld at this time until notification of next of kin.
A total of seventeen volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, and an eleven member helicopter crew from the Department of Fire Prevention and Control were vital to the recovery mission.
The wolf recently sighted and photographed in Jackson County, Colorado was confirmed by Wyoming Game and Fish to be a dispersing male gray wolf from Wyoming. The collared wolf is from the Snake River pack and was last recorded by transmission signals on February 12 during routine telemetry flights around South Pass.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will monitor the area but is no longer actively pursuing the wolf’s location. CPW will remain in close communication with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA Wildlife Services, Wyoming Game and Fish and local municipalities. Under the Endangered Species Act, harming, harassing, or killing a gray wolf other than in cases of self-defense is unlawful.