Senator's Brother Missing in Wyoming Mountains
Randy Udall vanishes on solo hike
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2013 2:05 AM CDT
Udall "knows he still has a duty to lead—even with his brother missing—and has continued to serve while closely following the search," a spokesman says.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – A search-and-rescue operation has been launched in Wyoming's Wind River Range for Randy Udall, the younger brother of Sen. Mark Udall. The Colorado Democrat's brother, who had been hiking alone, started the trek on June 20 and was supposed to exit the mountains last week, the Denver Post reports. The 61-year-old, a well-known environmental advocate in Colorado, is an experienced hiker who has hiked in the area many times, the local sheriff's office says.

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Jul 4, 2013 8:12 AM CDT
Ok for all you city people that have never been 100 miles from the coast here's a little background. The Wind River range is some of the prettiest mountains in the lower states. Its about 100 miles long going from Yellowstone South east. Both Shoshone and Bridger Parks are part of the Range and the Grand Tetons are in the range as well. Since the media sources didn't mention any of these he must have chosen to pick something other than one of the Parks human ant trails to walk on. If you didn't grow up in the mountains than no you don't belong on the trail by yourself. Go back and sit on your couch. Please go back and sit on your couch. Anyway the chance that this is anything other than a heart attack on a trail is close to zero. It's not hunting season so there's no chance to explain away a stray shot. This is the least populated state in the US, the chance anyone is going to shoot you by accident is close to zero. And while there are other assassination methods they require you being close to the victim. They found the body at 10,700 feet. Most of you city folk are sucking wind at 5,000 feet. This guy grew up hiking the Wasach in Utah. Even at 61 most people weren't even going to be able to keep up with him on the trail. So no there isn't any cover up, no there aren't any windmills there, they reserve that for the flat lands of which Wyoming has plenty. The spotted owl isn't native to Wyoming so no spotted owls. Nothing other than a guy doing something he loved dying in a way that frankly I could only hope to be so lucky.
Jul 2, 2013 11:11 PM CDT
Could have been attacked by a spotted owl.
Jul 2, 2013 10:08 PM CDT
Maybe he walked into one of those windmills that is killing so many birds?