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Dozens search for missing men


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By Richard Shaw

With boots on the ground and eyes in the air the Carbon County area mobilized on Saturday to look for two Colorado men who came up missing last weekend continued in Carbon County on Friday.

Air search crews used both a Utah Public Safety helicopter and fixed wing aircraft to search around the eastern part of Carbon County for the pair, while on the ground people hiking and others on ATV's and four wheel drive vehicles looked for Mark Widegren and Brian Axe, both 28 years old who were last heard from last on Jan. 24.

The pair, who are from Colorado and had been working on a pipeline in the Nine Mile Canyon area until they came to Price for some relaxation that day, have been the at the center of efforts by the Carbon County Sheriff's office and dozens of volunteers as the search heads Sunday into its fourth day.

The search didn't start until Thursday because no one from their family knew they were missing until Wednesday when one of their co-workers called a family member and said that they hadn't showed up for work that week.

On Friday local officials sent out a press release asking any businesses that have surveillance cameras to review their recordings from last weekend and report if they saw the gold colored 2000 Jeep Cherokee with Colorado license plate 724-TDP the pair were driving.

That evening it was reported that officials had been working with Emerytelcom on finding the signal of the pairs cell phones. Unfortunately no real time signals could be found, but it was revealed that the cell phones continued to operate until about three hours after Axe called his wife at 11:30 that night as he and Widegren sat in the Silver Dollar and watched a game on television. After that the batteries to to phones either failed or were turned off. With that information authorities were able to center their search a little more because the last signals came from east of Price toward the Nine Mile area.

The two men have been working on a pipeline for W.C. Streigel Inc. and left work about 5:30 p.m. that day. Because of the delayed reporting no one outside of the work area worried that anything out of the usual had occurred.

A command center has been set up at the Holiday Inn, which has donated space for the operation. Many in the community have been offering help, not only by volunteering but by donating goods and food to aid volunteers and the family that is hear who are also involved in the search.

Anyone having any information about the men are asked to contact the Carbon County Sheriff's department at 435 636-3251 or after hours or over the weekend at 435 637-0890.

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