Provided by the Littleton Police Department
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman says he will meet Friday with the Russian ambassador to the United States about missing Littleton police officer Steven Beare, who disappeared while ascending a mountain in that nation’s Caucasus region.
“As I’m sure you can imagine, Mr. Beare’s wife and family are terribly worried about him,” Coffman said in a letter to Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. “Although Mr. Beare is an experienced climber with extensive training, the events to date indicate that something serious may have gone wrong.”
Coffman, in his letter, asked Kislyak that “your country lend any and all aid available to efforts underway to locate Mr. Beare.”
Tomorrow, I will be meeting with the Russian Ambassador to the US to discuss Steven Beare, my constituent currently missing on Mt. Elbrus. pic.twitter.com/YYwcTjymGX
— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) June 22, 2017
Beare, also a Colorado National Guardsman who has deployed multiple times, went missing June 16 while climbing Mount Elbrus, whose summit reaches 18,510 feet. It’s Russia’s tallest peak.
The regional branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said rescuers have been searching for Beare, but the effort has been repeatedly suspended due to bad weather. Officials resumed the search Wednesday only to halt it again a few hours later when weather worsened.
The ministry said Thursday the search has been suspended since then.
Colorado Police Officers Foundation
Beare was on a solo ascent of the mountain. The Colorado Police Officers Foundation has been raising money to finance a private search team.
The Beares have a 20-month-old son and his wife, Olivia, is 11 weeks pregnant with their second child.
The Littleton Police Department says Beare is a highly respected officer and that the agency is supporting his wife.
“When circumstances appear hopeless, you fight through and win, no matter what,” Chief Doug Stephens said in a written statement. “That’s what cops do and I am confident that Steven is doing that now.”
Mount Elbrus is along the Russian border with Georgia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Source: denverpost