Family prays for return of missing Snowmass man

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenDecember 5, 2010
A bus rider told authorities that George Aldrich asked her if he was at Snowmass Village and that when she informed him that, no, he was at Truscott, he said something like, “Crap, I'm at the wrong stop.”

He apparently asked the woman for a ride to his apartment in Club Commons but she replied she didn't have a car. The woman said she watched Aldrich walk back towards the bus stop. She told authorities she assumed he was going to wait for another bus or possibly try to hitchhike to Club Commons in nearby Snowmass Village.

That's the gist of what local police and Aldrich's sister reported Saturday after a search of a 10-mile stretch of Highway 82 yielded no answers as to where the 28-year-old man who recently moved here may have gone.

With each day that has passed since Saturday night, Nov. 27, when Aldrich was last seen, it has become increasingly harder to hope that Aldrich is somewhere safe with a helluva story that explains his disappearance.

George Aldrich

“It is a terrible reality for my family to face that he is possibly in the woods and has been the entire time,” Brooke Aldrich-Glasgow wrote to Real Aspen in an e-mail last night. “He was wearing a heated snowboard coat and was dressed for the outdoors because he had attended an outdoor concert. That brings us peace. Still a week to the day, our hope of finding him safe is diminishing.”

Brooke's father and older brother flew to Aspen several days ago to search for “Georgie.” She said her younger brother is looking after her, her little sister and her mother in Rhode Island. Her oldest sister is in Virginia with her family “working feverishly” to do whatever she can to locate her missing brother.

“We all wake up and pray today is the day we get him back. We all pray for our family to be whole again, and until Georgie is found we will continue to do just that,” Brooke Aldrich-Glasgow wrote.

After spending a semester at Johnson & Wales in Denver, George Aldrich often talked of returning to Colorado. He did just that when he moved to Aspen in late October. He is one of six children and spoke to his siblings and parents regularly. Thanksgiving is the last time that any of them have spoken to him.

When not outdoors, Brooke said her brother wrote screenplays and loved acting. He is “quite handsome,” she added, and has “a star quality,” though she admits she may not exactly be impartial since he is her “baby brother.”

His family says that George is not a big drinker. Witnesses told police he only had a couple of drinks while mingling with friends at Eric's Bar the night of Nov. 27. A photo of him was taken there at about 10:30 p.m. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority video footage shows him riding the bus to the Truscott housing project 45 minutes later.

Nobody is known to have seen him since.

Authorities have scoured the upper valley, searching for him on foot and by air. Highway 82 even closed in both directions yesterday afternoon while search teams attempted to locate Aldrich.

The family is offering a $5,000 reward.

“If there ever was a man who could survive this ordeal and come back with a helluva of a story, it's my little brother,” Brooke Aldrich-Glasgow wrote to Real Aspen. “And I pray I am hearing that story very soon.”

UPDATE: Aspen police now say that Aldrich boarded the bus at about 10:15 p.m. (not 11:15 p.m.) and that he exited about seven minutes later at Truscott. The photo of him taken is now estimated to have been taken at 9:50 p.m.

Here is the last known footage of Aldrich, the third person shown boarding a RFTA bus just before 10:15 p.m. Nov. 27:

Here is a video from Sean Aldrich pleading for help in finding his brother:

comments: 5 Comments on "Family prays for return of missing Snowmass man"

brooke a – Dec. 05, 2010, at 11:04 a.m.

Great story! Thank you for writing it.

As it stated we are offering a reward of 5,000 to anyone who can provide us some information.

We also created a facebook page to help get information out.

PLEASE HELP US FIND GEORGIE!!/pages/Find-George-Aldrich/171688642854493

NewEnglandgirl – Dec. 05, 2010, at 5:36 p.m.

Brooke- praying that you find your brother.
I'm sure you've looked along Owl Creek Road and West Buttermilk road as a possible short cut gone wrong? When I first arrived in the Roaring Fork Valley I ended up hitchhiking the wrong way in Snowmass Village and ended up farther away from town and had to hike back. Good luck.

brooke a – Dec. 05, 2010, at 5:43 p.m.

Thank you so much for posting. We are praying he is found soon. We are not familiar with the area at all and it's so scary to think he is in the woods. Are there houses in the woods? Maybe warming houses for lost hikers? We are so scared. Any info would help. Please pass his info along to other hikers. Thank you so much.

MountainGirl1 – Dec. 06, 2010, at 7:51 p.m.

My heart goes out to your family during this hard time. I am praying for the safe return of your Brother. It may help to have a more recent picture of him, what he looks like now and possibly a description of the clothing he was wearing at the time as well. I have known many snowboarders who have been lost before, and if prepared, make it through. I have posted this on fb for the Community of Snowboarders in Colorado. Stay Strong!

Troy – Dec. 06, 2010, at 9:12 p.m.

Hi Mountain Girl. A photo of him that was taken the night he disappeared is in the second video up above, and is also posted on previous Real Aspen articles about this mystery that can be found by clicking on the blue hyperlinks in the above story. Hope that helps! Find George! Spread the word!

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