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Michelle Rae Vanek

Case Details

Case Type: Missing

Height: 5' 8"

Case Status: OPEN

Weight: 145 lbs

Aliases: Michelle Cheeney

Identifying Marks:

Incident Date: 09/24/2005


Agency: Eagle County Sheriff's Office

City: Eagle

Date of Birth: 02/05/1970

County: Eagle

Date of Death: Unknown

Agency Case #: 2005-1969

Age: 35

Judicial District: 6th Judicial District

Gender: Female

Year Solved:

Race: Caucasian

NamUs Case #: 13019

Eyes: Blue

NCMEC Case #: Unknown

Hair: Blond/Strawberry

About this Case:

On September 24, 2005, 35 year old Michelle Vanek had come up from Denver that morning and left Half Moon Campground around 7:00 A.M. to go hiking. Near the summit of Mt. Holy Cross, Michelle stated she was very tired and her friend told her to wait and he would go to the top and be right back. The friend stated he advised Michelle if she wanted to head back down, to follow the trail and he would catch up with her. On his way down, the friend did not locate Michelle. He stated he went back up to look for her and had talked to several hikers in the area. All had told him they had not seen her. The friend told deputies that Michelle was a tri-athlete, but was an inexperienced high altitude hiker. Deputies were advised Michelle was wearing a red shirt and black pants with hiking boots. The friend also advised Michelle had approximately 3-4 layers of clothes with her. During the hike, Michelle had run out of drinking water at approximately 1:15 p.m., when she stopped to rest. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

If you have any information about this case, please contact:

Eagle County Sheriff's Office



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