Updated: April 20, 2014 6:25AM
CHESTERTON — Authorities in Eagle County, Colo., on Tuesday said poor weather forced them to suspend their search for a Chesterton native who was separated from a group of fellow hikers and hasn’t been seen since Friday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office said the search for 39-year-old James C. McGrogan was suspended at noon Tuesday. It was unclear when the search would resume.
McGrogan’s mother, Arlene McGrogan of Chesterton, said her son disappeared on a hiking trip with three friends near Vail. McGrogan recently returned to northern Indiana to work in the emergency department of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, just east of South Bend, his mother said.
Crews, including two helicopters, have been searching for McGrogan in the mountains.
Fellow hikers said McGrogan decided to continue ahead of his friends during a break on a trip to Eiseman Hut north of Vail, Colo. They said he had a large pack with food, water, medical supplies, a GPS and other tools.
When the group reached Eiseman Hut, McGrogan was unaccounted for, according to a sheriff’s department news release.