Russian teams who have been looking for a Littleton police officer who disappeared during a snowstorm on Europe tallest mountain, Mt. Elbrus, plan to call off the search after the end of the day on Wednesday.
Steven Beare set out June 14 to solo climb the 18,510-foot Russian peak. According to reports from other climbers, Beare was spotted heading up toward the summit as a snowstorm approached, forcing other groups to return to camp.
He has not been seen or heard from since, but family members have been holding onto the hope that he is hunkered down in the snow waiting for help.
A week after Beare was first reported missing, American mountaineer Don Bowie arrived in Russia to lead a private search and rescue mission.
Specialized mountain search and rescue teams and Russian military helicopters have also been searching for Beare, KDVR TV reports.