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  • maramanc 7:34 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink  

    Memorial Service for Jeremy 

    A Memorial service for Jeremy will be held this Saturday May 22, 2010 at 11am in Minden, Nebraska.

    Jeremy John Griess

    Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 22, 2010 at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

    206 North Colorado Avenue, Minden, NE 68959-1623 (308) 832-1343‎

    Pastor Donald Becker will officiate.

    Flowers can be sent directly to the church.

    Link to Church


    He is survived by his Mother, Wanda LaPage; Stepfather, Roger LaPage;

    Father, Ted Griess; Stepmother, Rita Griess;

    Brother, Tony Griess; Sister-in-law, Amy Cannella;

    Sister, Cassandra Kanter; Brother-in-law, Troy Kanter;

    Sister, Chandra Maraman; Brother-in-law, Paul Maraman;

    Nephews, Baxter and Parker Kanter and August Griess;

    Nieces, Vivian Griess, Sheridan and Lydia Maraman;

    A host of relatives and many friends.

  • maramanc 3:37 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Letter from Mike, The Man who found Jeremy 

    We felt this message from Mike to be of such great comfort that we wanted to share it with everyone.

    Thank you very much Mike.

    Jeremy’s Family

    Dear Griess Family;

    I am Mike Holler, the man who found the body of your beloved Jeremy. My heart not only goes out to you, but honestly breaks with yours. Your Jeremy was a beautiful man and oh, how I wish I could have known him in life! The pictures and the stories you have posted tell me of a man who was loved and talented and full of life. His passing is tragic and the world is the worse for it.

    I spoke with Tony a little while ago and (with his blessing) gave an interview to Lindsay Watts of Channel 13 (who was very sensitive). If you get a chance to see it (10 PM Mountain Time), the camera will show the view from where Jeremy died. For what little comfort it may provide, it is breath-takingly beautiful, and if any of you would ever like to see it in person, please let me know. He carefully chose a place that was as magnificent and as wild as his spirit. He said goodbye to this earth looking at Pike’s Peak, and ascended into a heaven more splendid still.

    My wife Cathy and I lost our oldest daughter 4 years ago at the age of 28. I tell you this only so that you will know that we are familiar with your overwhelming grief and sadness. No one can say the right thing or take the pain away. What sustained us were the prayers of the saints, the knowledge that God was near, and the hugs of everyone who came to us. May God be near you now and reveal His love in ways  you never knew before.

    I often said that the only time I did not feel like I was falling was when someone who was standing held me tightly in their arms. I wish I could do that for you right now, but there will be many through your door. I encourage you to throw your arms around them and let them hold you and hug you long and hard. Cry as hard as you feel and let your tears run on their shirts. They want to do this for you, and you will find some comfort there.

    We have wept sweet tears over your beloved son and brother. Tears, because his passing is so painful to you all. Sweet, because he was so beautiful and his life such a blessing. For now, all you will feel is the sadness of your loss, and the life cut short. In time I can safely promise you that the happy memories will become larger and more lovely, and the sorrow and sense of separation will lessen.

    Until then, may God hold you near and provide you His peace that passes all of our understanding. Please feel free to call or write any time, and if there is any way that I may be of service, please ask.

    Mike Holler

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    • Khrisi Thiele 9:08 pm on May 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely letter, Mike. You are indeed a beautiful man of God and I believe it was God who put you in the position to find Jeremy. You are familiar with the feelings his family and friends are dealing with at this time and you have an amazing way of comforting through your words. Thank you for being Gods hands and feet and comfort for the family in this very difficult moment. You are a blessing indeed.

    • Hannah 7:18 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To Mike, What a blessing, during this tragic time, for the family to have you in their lives. To have you as the one to have found their son/brother/friend. I am sorry for the discovery that you made however, and not even knowing the family, I am so thankful to God that you were chosen. What an amazing, touching, incredible, deeply emotional letter you have given to them. To us all. Knowing that Jeremy found the beauty he was looking for provides an inexplicable comfort. I did not know Jeremy in life but I do know that his friends and family cared deeply and I hope and pray that this brings them closure as you are right; there are no words. I am so sorry for the loss you and your wife endured. From the bottom of my heart thank you so very much for the kindness in your heart. The world will suffer for Jeremy’s loss but the kindness you give is sure to be felt far and wide. Thank you.

      • Crista 11:09 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You couldn’t have said it better…………….

    • Darbie 6:20 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees.
      There’s always been someone there to come along and comfort me.
      A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand.
      A phone call from a friend, just to say I understand.

      And ain’t it kind of funny that at the dark end of the road.
      Someone lights the way with just a single ray of hope.

      Oh I believe there are angels among us.
      Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
      They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
      To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
      To guide us with the light of love.

      Alabama- Angels Among Us
      After I read your letter to the Griess family I thought of this song…Thank you, Mr. Holler for helping bring Jeremy home.

    • Lori 4:20 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Holler, there is a role that you have taken on in this sad event that no other could possibly have dealt with in the way you have, and are. It feels like there was a reason that Jeremy stopped on your property, for all those reasons you mentioned but also because of your heart and healing that you can offer to the family and friends of Jeremy. Thank you so much for your words and actions.

    • Kristie 3:49 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Your letter to the Griess family is likely the most thoughtful communication they have received since Jeremy went missing. How wonderful that you communicated your thoughts and feelings with a family you don’t even know. May GOD bless you along with all of Jeremy’s friends and family.

  • maramanc 6:12 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Family Update 

    With deep regret we post this information. Unfortunately, late last night Jeremy’s body and vehicle were discovered near Paradise Valley Ranch. At this time the family is working on his burial arrangements and will provide the details as they become available.

    We would like to thank everyone from the bottom our hearts for all the love and support.

    Thank you
    -Griess Family

    • Frederick Heneine 8:56 am on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      May his soul and spirit rest in peace. Jeremy and I were colleagues and had a lot of things in common which made us friends. We started about the same time and were part of the same team for over a year. I am very sad to hear of his passing and send my prayers to your family and loved ones.

    • Mike Haley 2:14 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My prayers are with your family today. I worked with Jeremy and always thought he was a great person. I know his spirit will live on in the people that he touched everyday. God Bless.

    • LuDella (Griess) Yost 10:50 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You are not alone, Ted & your family – I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you John 14-18 May you find comfort in God’s words & in the kjnowledge that other sympathize with you in your loss. Ted, so sorry to hear this afternoon of your loss. I prayed & thought of you daily. God’s love is there in the whispering of the wind, the rising of the sun – & every healing wish for you & your family. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 Through everything you shared together the years you loved each other, the warmth & caring between you – you created a special bond that will always keep you close in heart. May you find comfort now in that very special love – and knowing just how much others care. Ted, asking God to keep you in his care, surround you with His kindness & bless you with His love. Let each tear that falls be a gentle reminder that you & your son truly loved each other, & made such a meaningful difference in each other’s lives – & that is a gift that no loss or sorrow, or time or distance can ever take away. With Deepest Sympathy.

    • LuDella (Griess) Yost 10:02 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      For Tony, Cassandra & Chandra, In the loss of your Brother – -Thinking of you with sympathy and hoping you find comfort in the lifetime of special memories of your brother. There is no way to lesson the sorrow of losing someone so precious to you…but please remember that others care very much & wish you strength & comfort at this sad time.

    • Gordon and Bev Muller 5:02 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ted, Rita and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It is so difficult to lose a child. Hopefully your faith, family and friends will help you during this very difficult time.

    • Deanne Birkestrand 1:13 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are so sorry for your loss, Jeremy will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May our loving God’s peace surround you during this painful time.

      Chris, Deanne, Jasper, Jameson and Sophia

    • Dena Peterson Beck 12:32 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Griess Family, Many thoughts and prayers have gone your way these last few weeks. I have many great memories of Jeremy from grade school, to church, to high school and beyond. Losing him is tragic and many of us feel your pain. When I boarded a plane leaving D.C. this last weekend, I heard someone across the aisle mention “Jeremy Griess”! I think the outpouring of love and concern from classmates, colleagues, nature enthusiasts, volunteers and total strangers is a testimony to Jeremy’s character. He will be missed.

    • Staats Family 11:31 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My family and I have been following this and had been on a couple of the searches. My heart goes out to the family. We are praying for the family. he was a very special person and we are all better for knowing him. It’s never easy losing a loved one escpecially a child. our hearts and prayers are with you always.

    • The Ayars Family 11:27 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      May God give your family strength during this difficult time. Remember all of the happy times and go forward knowing that you will all be together again in the future. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Rita Crooks 11:23 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To Ted and the entire Griess family,

      I am so very sad to hear of your loss of Jeremy! It is a very tough way to lose a loved one, I know! May you always hold tight, your wonderful memories of Jeremy. You have been in my thoughts and prayers since his disappearance and you will continue to be. There will be rough days ahead and alot of unanswered questions, along with a huge variety of emotions. Hold on to each other tightly and help each other through this. If there is anything I can do or just talk, please let me know.

    • Rose Marie Brown 11:03 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To Ted and family,
      I am praying for your family during this sad time learning about Jeremy. May you only remember the smiles and good times with Jeremy.
      Rose Marie (Keen) Brown

    • Mark Magwire 9:50 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Our hearts ache for you. Our very deepest sympathies.

      Mark & Terri Magwire

    • Mary Kay Thompson 9:29 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Cass and family – My heart broke for you when I heard the news of Jeremy this morning. I know the loss of losing a brother Cass and I wish I could give you a hug right now. Please take care of each other and know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Lieske family 9:21 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To the Griess Family,

      We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of Jeremy. We have prayed for Jeremy’s safe return every day. I don’t even know what to say, but our hearts are breaking for all of you. May God grant you the strength that you need during these difficult days now and in the future. I know that there will not be a day go by that you won’t think of Jeremy. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you.

      God Bless,
      Tom, Mary, Shon, Jessica and Dylan Lieske

    • Dave Beck 9:10 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have known Jeremy for the past 5 years here in Denver. I have many fond memories of mountain biking, camping, fishing, just having fun. He was an incredibly great guy and made everything we did together more enjoyable. We are all deeply saddened by this news, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to know Jeremy. I am a better person for having known him and definitely a better mountain biker : ) To the Griess family, my deepest condolences and thanks for raising such a great kid.

    • Kristie (Christensen) Mosher 8:13 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Ted, Rita, Wanda and Jeremy’s family & friends,
      I am truly saddened by the news and loss of Jeremy. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories of happier times help to ease your pain and sorrow.

    • George Ann Ferguson 6:41 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am the mother of one of Jeremy’s friend, Jeff. When I first heard the news of Jeremy’s dissapearence I was devasted. Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. Jeremy has been on our prayer lists throughout the churches of east Texas. May God help you through this saddening tradgey& difficult times. Your family is in our prayers. May God bless your family deeply this time of your loss.

    • Cathy Weaver 12:50 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ted and family – I am so sorry to hear the news about Jeremy. May you find comfort in knowing that he is at peace and remembering all the great times you had with him. It is obvious that he had touch the lives of many and even though I never truly met him, I feel a sense of what a wonderful person he was from all those that have been involved with the website and search. Know that many people are praying for you all and share in your loss and grief. May the memories of Jeremy’s life sustain you in the days ahead and ……..”may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand”.

      Cathy Weaver

    • Iris 12:13 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Chandra, it’s Iris from work. I’m so sorry to read the update. My prayers go out to your brother and your family. I’m truly saddened by the news.

    • Rachelle Barnett 12:00 am on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of Jeremy. Your entire family is in my prayers at this time of sympathy. May God’s peace that passes all understanding give your hearts rest in Christ Jesus.

    • Robert Bell 11:29 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My thoughts with the Griess family on their loss. May he be at peace now. He will be remembered by all for what he was. He will be missed by all that new him. He will never be forgotten. Take care my friend

    • Jeff Magg 11:12 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am extremely saddened to hear this news and it is with deep sympathy that I send this to you, the Griess Family. Words are insufficient in explaining what you must be experiencing now. I was very hopeful on a daily basis as I checked this website that there would be good news on Jeremy. I pray many blessings and speak life into your whole family and that the deep void you feel now would be filled with the One and Only Savior, Jesus Christ. I cannot imagine or comprehend your pain and agony for the loss of your precious son, Jeremy. May God Give you abundant grace and mercy. Jeff Magg Ps 23 & 91

      • Pastor Don Becker 8:11 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Jeff Magg,
        You don’t know me.
        I’m Don Becker, Lutheran Pastor to the Griess family here in Minden, Nebraska for the past 36 years. As I prepare for Jeremy’s Memorial service on Saturday, and use Isaiah 40:28-31 as the basis for a message of comfort to Jeremy’s family & friends, would I have your permission to quote a portion of your note of comfort and sympathy posted on Jeremy’s website in my homily? There are many fine, strong words of comfort & hope offered on the website, but your’s was very good.
        Nicely written, wonderfully said.
        Pastor Don Becker

        • Jeff Magg 8:39 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Pastor Don. Absolutely. I pray that even one could receive some comfort from this. I will also pray for you in preparation for the 22nd because it cannot be an easy task but I admire you for accepting the call to do what you do in sharing the Word as a pastor. May God bless you as you serve! Jeff

    • Carrie Howard 10:56 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are so saddened by this news, and want to send our heartfelt sympathies to Jeremy’s family. Hold each other close; find strength in each other, in the love of those around you, and in the memory of all the joy he brought into your lives.
      With peace and love,
      Carrie & Jon Howard

    • Joan Ouren 10:36 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am so very sorry for the loss of Jeremy. I can’t begin to image the pain you must feel. I pray that God keeps you in his loving embrace until you are ready for what lies ahead for you. My heart aches for your family.

    • Dawn & Doug Van Sloun 10:35 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are so very sorry to hear this news. Please know that you all are in our hearts and prayers. Peace and God’s grace be with you!

    • Colleen Thatcher 10:29 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ted and Rita, our hearts ache for you and the rest of your family during this sad time. You have been in our prayers during these long, difficult weeks and will continue to be. May God wrap His arms around you and give you comfort and peace.

      Kory, Colleen, and Laney Thatcher

    • Tracy (Borchers) Frerichs, Alyssa & Alexis 10:23 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am so sorry for your loss and having to live my worst nightmare. My prayers are with you the family, all of the many friends throughout Jeremy’s life, and everyone who helped with his search. I did not have the opportunity to meet Jeremy personally, but as a small town “Mindenite”, knowing the family, and having Ted as a teacher, I certainly feel a family/community connection. GOD BE WITH YOU DURING THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME!

    • Dave Preucil 10:14 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It is with a very heavy heart I sit hear reading the recent news of Jeremy’s discovery. I met Jeremy professionally and stayed in contact with him over the years as a friend. My deepest sympathies to the Griess family. My prayers are with you in this most difficult time.

    • kristen 9:49 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My deepest sympathies to your family.

    • Norma Ochsner 9:42 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Our hearts ache for you. May God grant you peace and comfort. Norma & Cleon

    • Lori 9:24 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I worked with Jeremy for a brief time in Lincoln. I was lucky to have crossed paths with an amazing man. With the short presence we had in each others lives, my heart breaks. With that, I can not imagine how the heart breaks within his family and friends that were present to his final days. I pray for your comfort as I pray for Jeremy’s peace.

    • Boyd Elliott 9:20 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To Jeremy’s family:

      You have my sicerest sympathies. I have often thought of Jeremy and the impact he had on my early adult life. I will always have a huge debt of gratitude to Jeremy for that. I will continue to pray for peace for Jeremy in his eternal rest. Also, please know that you all have been and will continue to be in my prayers.

      Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen

      Boyd Elliott

    • Sherri 9:11 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying that you find strength and comfort in the Lord. You are living my worst nightmare.

    • Joe Bartek 8:53 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To the Griess Family – Words cannot express what we are all feeling at this time of trouble. Just know that you are, always have been, and always be a near and dear part of our lives. Jeremy will be truly missed. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolances are with you all and we are sending love and prayers.

      The Barteks

    • Qualset 8:51 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. God Bless, Gunnar, Sandra & Jack

    • Jen 8:49 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My heartfelt sympathies are with you all. I hope the road to healing your pain is brief and joyful memories of a wonderful man mark the horizon.

    • dona ridgeway 8:23 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      my deep sympathies.

    • Sherry Gray 7:55 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Im glad that you found Jeremy and his car but truly sorry that it had to end the way that it did 😦 . I have keeped in contact with the Griess family that live in Minden Nebraska. And my thoughts and prays go out to them and their loved ones .

    • Scott 7:23 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Jeremy’s family. He was a co-worker I only knew by phone and email but one conversation with Jeremy is enough to know how much he’ll be missed.

    • Nyla Young 7:04 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so sorry. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.

    • Bruce Brodeen 7:01 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am so very, very sorry to hear of this incredibly sad news for you all….no words can express the depth of your loss. So many grieve alongside you in this time…. May God’s grace bring comfort to your loving , wonderful family. There is peace where Jeremy is now — my prayer is that some of this peace flows towards you all. Your tears will wash away someday but they will not remove his love for you all……that will always, always be present and alive in your lives……

      Bruce Brodeen

  • maramanc 6:55 pm on May 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    The Search for Missing Man Tied to Park County 

    Westminster man missing since April 11

    By Christine Ford

    The only lead to a Westminster, Colo., man’s disappearance may lie in the last contact with his Blackberry device, recorded at Badger Mountain just east of Wilkerson Pass in southeastern Park County.

    Westminster resident Jeremy J. Griess, 39, was last seen around noon on April 11.

    According to a Web site set up to assist in his search, a check of his cell phone by Commnet revealed that it registered a signal in the Badger Mountain area on April 11 and April 14, when contact with the device was lost.

    Griess is a mountain biker, fisherman and hiker who is familiar with the Eleven Mile Reservoir and Canyon area, said Ted Griess, his father, speaking by phone from Nebraska. The senior Griess said his son had been staying with a college friend in Westminster until his divorce was final and his Littleton townhome became available again.

    Original reports placed the missing man in the Woodland Park cell phone tower vicinity, until further technical analysis revealed the Badger Mountain signal.

    Flyers with his picture went up from Woodland Park to Hartsel. Friends and family launched a Web site,, and Facebook page to assist in the search. According to the site, members of local mountain biking clubs were the first to go out looking for Griess, although initial efforts were hampered by heavy spring snow.

    The Rampart Range Road and Phantom Canyon Road in Teller County were searched. The Teller County Sheriff’s Office led an extensive volunteer effort throughout the county and adjacent areas on April 24. With the assistance of the Air Force Rescue Co-ordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, which mapped and gridded the search area, volunteers drove local roads and checked trailheads, including those on Park County Road 77.

    A helicopter from Colorado Vertical Tours in Colorado Springs also participated, flying over the Badger Mountain area for two hours with no results. The search has encompassed the main roads around both Spinney Mountain Reservoir and Eleven Mile Reservoir.

    The search is focusing on locating Griess’s vehicle, a black 1999 two-door Honda Accord with a bike rack on the roof, Colorado license plate number 940 JSE. It is not believed the two-wheel-drive vehicle would be off the main roads, especially considering the muddy conditions prevalent at that time. The cell phone tower quadrant he last registered in is northwest of Lake George, east of Hartsel, and north of Eleven Mile State Park. This area is criss-crossed with an extensive network of forest service roads and has little residential usage beyond the U.S. 24 corridor.

    Park County Undersheriff Monte Gore said Eleven Mile State Park officers, Park County sheriffs’ deputies and Park County Search and Rescue participated in actively looking for the vehicle, checking back roads around Badger Mountain and Eleven Mile.

    “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family,” said Gore. “We hope they find him alive and well.”

    But he admitted that four weeks without any financial activity on Griess’s bank accounts was “not a good sign”.

    Griess, a Minden, Neb., native, is about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a small scar above his lip.

    Anyone with specific information regarding this case is asked to contact the Westminster, Colo., Police Department at 303-658-4360.

    Griess’s mother, Wanda LaPage, has set up a contact e-mail of His family is continuing to follow up on all leads and ask that “everyone continues spreading the word about Jeremy.” The Web site has a downloadable flyer for Park County residents who wish to post it.

    Griess is believed to be dressed in jeans, T-shirt and boots and not prepared for dealing with the elements at this altitude.

    “It just doesn’t seem fair,” said his father, when describing law enforcement policies regarding missing persons. “When an adult goes missing, then the police assume they have the right to do that. But that’s just not the case with my son. He was not dressed for the weather. I believe his life was in danger.”

    Griess was referring to an article on the Web site taken from a Nebraska TV story in which Westminster Police Department Investigator Cheri Spottke was quoted as saying: “(Griess) could have decided he was just fed up with life and needed a break and wanted to travel and live in Timbuktu, and that’s not a crime.”

    The senior Griess, who will travel from Nebraska to Colorado next week to handle his son’s affairs, said: “I don’t have any idea what could have happened to Jeremy. We sit and wait and a thousand scenarios play out in my mind. It’s just heartbreaking.”

    Link to Article

  • maramanc 10:47 pm on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Nebraska.TV: Car Wash for Jeremy Griess 

    Minden youth chip in to help further the search for a missing Minden native.

    Kids from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church youth group and C.L. Jones Middle School offered a car wash Saturday.

    It’s a fundraiser to help find Jeremy Griess who went missing in Colorado one month ago.
    This contribution lets the kids feel good about  helping others, and gives the family an extra glimmer of hope.

    “I think they would feel good because for one thing they have to pay for all these expenses for what they’re just to find him, so i think it’s helping them a lot,” said organizers Zack and Jessica Rehtus.

    “It’s just, it’s so heartwarming to see these people still helping us look for our Jeremy, seeing all these young people reminds me of my son when he was their age, it’s just so warm and nice to know that people care,” said Jeremy’s father Ted Griess.
    Saturday’s car wash brought in $1,500.

    Click Image to Launch Video

    Thank you all so very much!

    -Griess Family

    Link to Article

  • maramanc 8:50 am on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Please Help Us Notify National Media About Jeremy’s Story 

    Would you please copy the statement shown in blue below and email to each member of this National Media list. If you would like to send it to other media sources, please feel free to do so.  Please help us tell Jeremy’s story.

    Please use this subject for the email:

    Please Help Us Find a Mother’s Missing Son

    On April 11, 2010, Jeremy J. Griess, our beloved, Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin and Friend went missing without a trace. This past Sunday May 9, 2010 , was Mother’s Day, but also marked exactly one month since Jeremy’s disappearance.

    After  extensive and exhaustive searches by hundreds of volunteers, countless phone calls and the distribution of thousands of flyers, we have unfortunately been unable to locate him or his vehicle.

    His mother and entire family are utterly heartbroken. Because Jeremy has committed no crime and is thirty-nine years of age, the authorities’ investigation has been limited.   Every Mother knows that no matter their age, they will always be remembered as their little child.

    Please help us find Jeremy by continuing  to tell his story. We ask that everyone please remember, every missing person is someone’s child.

    The following website with details has been created:

    Family members are available for an interview to discuss Jeremy’s case.  Please contact;


    A Message from Jeremy’s Mother:

    Mother’s Day is fast approaching.  A day set aside each year for celebration of Mother/Child relationships all around the world.  For my children, it has always been a day to lovingly honor me with love and respect.  For me, it has always been a day to celebrate my children with love and pride.  As all of you know, a Mother/Child relationship goes well beyond what mere words can describe…it is Love at its best…it is a deeply emotional experience, a spiritual attachment at the very deepest level.

    This year, Mother’s Day will be a little different for me than in years past.  Although I will be ever so thankful for my other three children and ever so grateful to celebrate the specialness of Mother’s Day with them, a piece of me aches for my missing son, Jeremy.  We will all feel the void left behind in his absence…a void that was always filled with his presence and all the love, laughter, joy and comfort he added to all occasions.

    This Mother’s Day marks a first for me…my first Mother’s Day without my Jeremy.  I know my other 3 children will create a sense of specialness for me as they always have.  But, we will be short one family member, our Jeremy, who always added his special touch to this and every day.

    I have but one Mother’s Day wish this year and I need your help to make that wish come true.  I need help to get Jeremy’s story out across our country.  The best way I know how to do this is to make an attempt to snag the attention of the National Media and let them tell our story.   Maybe, just maybe, this will be the key in reuniting us with our Jeremy and bring a sense of wholeness back to our aching hearts.

    Happy Mother’s Day to All.  Please give your children an extra hug this Mother’s Day just for me and my Jeremy.  That might just be the spiritual punch we need.

    Thanking all of you in advance from deep within my soul…Remaining forever grateful to all of you and all your help!!!


    Wanda LaPage;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

    • Joan Ouren 8:52 pm on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have sent the information to the contacts you requested. I wish I could have sent it earlier but I was out of town. I hope all the e-mails help. If you decide to send another message to these same contacts just let us know. Stay strong.

    • Theguybehindtheglass 2:09 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, I have forwarded the information to several national media outlets, even including Howard Stern. I know it feels like the authorities feel indifferent to your situation, I want to let you know that when you came into the lobby that night (remember the coffee?) I felt a strong connection to you and your family. You see….. I almost left my mother alone on Mothers day after a very bad decision made when i was desperate for answers.

      I just want you to know that we as authorities, even behind the badge are still people and we have tried everything we know of to find Jeremy.

      • Cassandra 11:00 pm on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for helping us that night. Thanks to your care and compasion that night we made the first little steps towards tracing his phone. That is the only lead that we really have so far. You are a good man. God Bless you.
        Jeremy’s sister Cassandra

    • Anne Abel 10:46 am on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Done…from the heart of Texas it is all I have been able to do to assist in your effort! Have been following it for weeks and my heart aches for you all.
      Hope it helps 🙂

      • maramanc 12:38 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so very much, please note the Nancy Grace email has been changed to;

      • kristen 9:45 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I sent them. Your family has been on my heart since he went missing. We searched many of the areas and I am still searching, everytime I see a car resembling his I take a closer look. You are in our prayers.

  • maramanc 8:35 pm on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Update From The Family 

    Last night the family met to discuss our current options and future plans to find Jeremy. Presently we are continuing to follow up on all leads. Though this process has been terribly stressful and emotionally draining, we remain hopeful for information that may help us find Jeremy. Unfortunately, to date we have no leads which have brought us any closer to locating Jeremy or his vehicle. Therefore, we ask that everyone continue spreading the word about Jeremy. The more people we can reach and come in contact with, the greater the likelihood someone will find Jeremy or his vehicle. Additionally, we are exploring the option of National Media exposure and welcome any suggestions that may help us facilitate this process. Please contact us at:

    We are eternally grateful for everyone’s continued support. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all!

    • steve glover 3:06 pm on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I live in Fairplay, and have been following this story. Since I bike, hike, fish, solo, stories like this concern me. I know the area, but have gotten lost myself. There was only a cell phone contact in that area, and his car was not spotted in the area, correct? The roads are still muddy, snowy, etc. It sounds like they searched best as possible for the conditions. I pray for all of you and Jeremy, and WILL be taking more rides, hikes, drives in that area, just in case. There were two cases of missing hikers near there last summer. After a 48 hours search and no sigh, they showed up miles away, safe in Jefferson. I know it has been much longer, this information on Jeremy needs to get out further, nation wide, and other states. Hopefully the media will help out more. God Bless!

    • Steve Gries 9:16 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We love you and are praying for your safe return.

    • Ronald(Norm) Gorman 3:50 pm on May 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are all praying for your safe return and for your families continued strength.
      Ron Gorman

    • Cindy Griess Salmon 6:40 am on May 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Have you tried the National Center for Missing Adults? They have a website:

    • Nikkii Ball 9:00 pm on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I will continue to pray for Jeremy’s safe return. I think a way to great exposure to the most people who can help is to rent a billboard. The best bet would be one with exposure to those going into the mountains from Denver area. It would be expensive but hopefully they could cut a break under the circumstances. We could all make contributions to the account set up.

  • maramanc 6:14 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Kearney Hub: Colorado Resident Jeremy Griess Disappeared April 11; Family Following ‘Any and all leads’ 

    MINDEN — It’s been a little over two weeks since anyone heard from Jeremy Griess, and it’s not getting any easier for his family.

    The 39-year-old Minden native, now of Westminster, Colo., disappeared April 11. Since then, family and friends have been combing the mountains near Woodland Park, Colo., where they believe he may have gone to fish or hike.

    “We had so many people helping Sunday, and they just came from all over, all walks of life. They searched and searched and again, no car, no Jeremy,” said his father, Ted Griess of Minden.

    “We’re all hurting, and it’s hard to understand. We want him back. It’s hard to put into words the emptiness and despair you feel, the helplessness. I know his brother and his sisters, everybody is feeling the same way,” he said, holding back tears.

    “I know if this goes on and on, it will continue to be hard to deal with. I don’t know how you ever overcome it. We’re trying to band together with our love and the support and strength from our friends and the power of prayer. I guess that’s what will get us through it.”

    AT&T released the last coordinates of Jeremy’s cell phone that show he was in the Woodland Park area northwest of Colorado Springs. “We tried to narrow things down as tight as we could because the countryside is so vast,” Ted said.

    “At this stage of the game, we’re trying to follow any and all leads. At the moment, we’re trying to simply regroup and see if we have anywhere else that people can search. All we’re doing is asking people to print off the missing person bulletin and post that anywhere in the Colorado area.

    “We’re trying to keep our hope alive that he is alive and somewhere else, and that’s all we can do.”

    Ted said there are several theories about what might have happened to Jeremy.

    Jeremy was recently going through a divorce, and some friends and family members are hoping he just wanted to get away for a while.

    “All his siblings and his mother and I hope that he is alive and being that way. If that’s the case, the grief and the heartache everyone is dealing with, it makes you wonder why anybody would do that, but under duress it’s hard enough to understand our own thinking, let alone somebody else’s. We love him, and we’re not going to hold it against him if that’s the case,” Ted said.

    Family and friends have been maintaining a website,, where they post search updates and news coverage of the search.

    A Facebook group called “Help Find Jeremy Griess – Missing since 04/11” now has more than 1,600 members and asks people to post information about Jeremy to their Facebook pages to increase awareness.

    Jeremy is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and a small scar above his lip. He was last seen wearing jeans, a T-shirt and boots and may have been driving a black 1999 two-door Honda Accord with Colorado license plate 940 JSE.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Westminster Police Department at 303-658-4360.

    e-mail to:

    Link to Article

    • Joan Ouren 6:33 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Griess Family,
      I hope you are all holding up okay. Just remember that those of us that have been following this website, and know your family have been thinking of you and Jeremy. Not a day goes by that we don’t check this website to see if there is any news. He will not be forgotten, we will continue to pray for him and continue to hope for more news! Stay strong!

    • Gary Crain 4:28 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You guys are doing a great job with all the signs at most of the trialheads and stores in the area. My wife and i have been out hiking in the area twice now and with all the signs he stays in your mind the whole time. We are going back out this Monday and Tuesday to look around.

    • Jen 12:36 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you continue the search again and need some horse power of the 4 legged variety, I have some horses we could use, along with a truck and trailer. Also, I am sure this has been checked, but has he used his phone or intenet at all after the above date? Blessings, Jen

    • Tlitt 12:20 am on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Likely someone has thought of this perspective …. was Jeremy into Geocaching? If so, have the local geocaches in the vicintiy all have been check since Apr 11th?

  • lmwong 7:46 am on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hey Buddy 


    Hey buddy. I hope you are listening wherever you are. None of us are ready to let you go. Please come home when you are ready. So many people miss you and are deeply concerned about you. You have touched so many lives in so many unique ways. Even in your disappearance you brought so many people from many walks of your life together. You united family, friends, co-workers, and so many others who want to help you. That is what you do best – you bless the lives you cross. I have turned to so many of our memories together to keep you fresh and alive. I honor your passion for life, your wonderful sense of humor, the way you make people feel about themselves and the way you make them smile and laugh. I honor the way you make the simplest of things and times fun, the way you bring happiness and laughter into our lives, and the way you make yourself available to your friends and family, unconditionally and selflessly.

    I honor all of your many gestures of friendship, your awareness and your presence, and your integrity as a human being, which gives us all something to look up to. We all miss you more than you can know. Please feel that. We are there for you, just like you would be for us. Our search for you, our thoughts of you, our wonderful stories about you, and our prayers for you are all a tribute to your life. It is truly an amazing feat to have the love of so many.

    Please hear our call and come home.

    Your friend always,
    Chris Madden

    • Steve Gries 5:00 pm on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you my friend. I just want to tell you, wherever you are, that things do get better. I don’t know exactly what your going through right now. But I definetely know what it feels like to feel hopeless, depressed, and alone. If you decided to take a break from the world, I totally understand. Please just call your family and let them know your OK. 2 years ago, I was still a confirmed bachelor that hadn’t been in a serious rellationship in over 10 years. Now I’m with an incredible, loving, and beautiful women and Dad to 3 teenagers. If it can happen to my fat, ugly ass….it can happen to anyone. And maybe that’s not what you want… I don’t know. Man….you’ve just got to keep putting one foot in front of the other and God will take care of the rest. Life is full of ups and downs and if you are down…you can be assured that things will get better. I hope you are well. If you are…please pick up the phone and call your family. They love you very much and need to know that you are OK.

    • Stephanie 10:57 am on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Volunteers are still checking website daily and have not given up. Please keep us posted on any areas that need to be searched and we will continue to help as long as needed. My family will continue to make trips to the area and are committed to not forgetting about Jeremy.

    • Brad J. Brooks 10:43 am on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I second Chris’s comments. Knowing you since college and into our adult lives I reflect on the joy of having you as a friend. Please come home… you and your family are in my thoughts.
      Brad J. Brooks

    • Toni 10:00 am on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I was in a similar life changing event several years ago. I swear, it gets better. Please come home. We miss you.
      Toni McCulloch

  • maramanc 4:16 pm on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Very Special Note of Gratitude 

    To all you very wonderful people who assisted in the search of my son, Jeremy.

    Hello everyone, it’s me, Jeremy’s Mom.

    My husband, Roger, and I both want to send a very special note of gratitude to the multitudes of people who stepped forward in the search for my missing son, Jeremy.  Some of you are friends of Jeremy and his family and some of you came forth and entered our world as strangers but left as our friends.  Each and every one of you found your very own special way to relentlessly help Jeremy and his family with your time, effort and money as well as with your outpouring of concern, encouragement, comfort, strength, hope and love for Jeremy and his family.  We are ever so thankful to all of you and all your efforts, including both ground and air search teams, distributing fliers, information gatherers, web site work, work with the media, work with law enforcement, work with phone companies, travel time, search suggestions as well as emails, text messages, cards, letters and phone calls of hope and comfort from so very many.  All that you have done will come back to each of you tenfold in the form of blessings.

    No matter what each of you has done, large or small, tremendous or tiny, it all contributed so much in the valiant effort to find our Jeremy and to bring a sense of peace and calm to us.  Remember:  A little light somewhere makes a brighter everywhere.  A speck of sand can turn into a pearl.

    You all have our utmost respect and gratitude. You are all our heroes!  We applaud you!  We salute you!  We will remain forever grateful to you for your steadfast effort in attending to our needs without hesitation.

    Wanda and Roger LaPage

    • Jeannie 5:20 pm on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Mrs. LaPage,

      You don’t know me. I went to school with Tony–Jeremy, too.

      The way I see it, Jeremy isn’t home yet. I’m still here to help you in whatever capacity I am able, at your request. You have 1,500 (probably more) people who have grouped together to help you find Jeremy. I realize I can only speak for myself, but I am sure there are at least a few people in that group who feel the same way I do. We are still here.

      Respectfully Yours,
      Jeannie Corona

    • Doug & Mary Baker 4:59 pm on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Tony, Amy and all Jeremy’s family, I too have been following this site at home and while at work. Just know that you are all in our prayers, and will continue to be. Thank you to those who kept us all informed. I will come back to this site to see if anyone may have come forward with new information. In the mean time may God hold you gently in his arms . We send our love and support.

  • lmwong 7:13 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank You 

    The family of Jeremy Griess wishes to express our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the search for Jeremy. Unfortunately, at this time, neither Jeremy or his vehicle have been located. We will continue to explore all options. If anyone has any information which you feel may help us in locating Jeremy, please feel free to contact us at

    Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

    God Bless,
    -Griess Family

    • Mark Mahloch 5:13 am on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This may sound obvious but has anyone checked the parking garages of DIA and Colorado Springs airports for his car?

      • Connie Jo Gay 12:25 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        A friend of mine, who is a stewardess, posted the Missing Person’s Bulletin of Jeremy at the stewardess’ domicile at the Denver Airport.

        • lmwong 12:55 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Thank you. That would be very helpful.

        • Debra Lampshire 9:19 am on April 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Have her send one to the parking garage and lot staff at the airport as well to watch for his car.

    • Joan Ouren 8:23 am on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      For Tony and Amy and all of the Griess Family.
      I am praying that someone will come forward with new information in the search for Jeremy. In the meantime, I will check this site faithfully for any updates you have on him. Please keep us informed and remember that you are not in this alone. People are praying for Jeremy and thinking about you.

    • Cindy 12:39 am on April 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What’s next? I have sat by the last week not doing enough and want so badly to help. What can I do? What’s the next steps?

    • Nikkii Ball 10:01 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I will continue to pray for Jeremy’s return. My heart goes out to all his friends and family. Wish I could do more.

  • maramanc 1:10 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Search Results from 4/25/10 

    Section 1- The first group has completed their search.  CR 211 North and Northeast for 11 miles from CR 77 is clear with very little cell coverage.

    Section 2 ABC- Northwest of Florissant and North of HWY 24. Complete.

    Section 3- Just North of Florissant East of CR 77. Complete.

    Section 4- North of Florissant and East of Platte Springs. Complete.

    Section 5-This group has completed their search west of Divide and North of hwy 24. Search complete.

    Section 6-  It is directly East of Section 1 and North of Florissant. Search complete.

    Section 7- North of HWY24 and West of Woodland Park. Complete.

    Section 8- CR 25 Northeast of Divide towards Woodland Park and North of HWY 24. Search complete.

    Section 9- This area is HWY 67  South of Divide, CO to Midland, CO. Search complete.

    Section 10-Straight south of Florissant on Teller CR 1. Search complete.

    Section 10b- South of Midland towards Cripple Creek. Complete.

    Section 11- West of HWY 67 and Four Mile Rd. Complete

    Section 12- Residents in the area were aware of the search. This area is east of Lake George. Search complete.

    Section 13- This area  is just South and West of Florissant. Search complete.

    Section 14a- West of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Complete.

    Section 14b- Teller CR 111 West of Spinney Mountain Reservoir and South of Lake George. Complete.

    Section 15b- West of Cripple Creek and straight south of Florissant. Complete.

    Section 16aa- This area covered a radius around Eleven Mile reservoir on CR 59 and CR 92. Search complete.

    Section 16ABC- Remaining areas around Eleven Mile Reservoir have now been searched.

    A special thanks to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall AFB, and Cpt O., for their assistance in helping to locate Jeremy. We greatly appreciate the review of all available data they provided to assist our search for Jeremy. In addition, we would like to thank all other law enforcement agencies who have worked closely with us in data collection and assimilation, including the Park and Teller County Sheriff’s, and the Westminster PD. In addition, thank you to the individuals at AT&T and Commnet who have been involved to date. There are countless others who have assisted with this matter, your efforts have not gone unnoticed. You have all been available in our time of need, and we know we can count on you with our future efforts.

    Thank you to Will from Colorado Vertical for your Air search efforts. Will completed a 2 hour, Helicopter search of the Southeast quadrant, approximately 9 miles Southeast of Badger Mountain. Link to Helicopter Company – Colorado Vertical

    • RSauls 7:37 pm on April 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      We are closing our quarter end here at Novell and I really could use your help bud. I got nobody on site and we have some orders that I could use your help on. A day doesn’t go by here at work that somebody doesn’t ask me about you or share their wishes and prayers for you. It is hard on everybody here, and at ATG, who continue to pray for you and think about you and your family.
      We are all praying for your safe return and we miss you! -Ryan

    • bill milne 5:33 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I searched area 7 and it is complete.

      Bill Milne

    • William Miller 5:27 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I was driving the red Jeep Rubicon this morning and discovered i wasn’t given anything but the area 10 maps – no call in number – about the time I hit the middle of 4 mile rd. I arrived about 10 minutes late and with the Sheriff hustling us out of the parking lot, it was bound to happen.

      I completed a sweep of the area outlined in the map and didn’t find anything but a flock of wild turkey and lots of mule deer.

      I spoke with about a half dozen people who live in the area and while all had heard via the news, none had seen anything.

      The area is quite heavily settled and I figure from the furthest ‘out back’ area, it’s about a mile to the nearest house.

    • Dena Peterson Beck 5:18 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the update and ALL the efforts. I guess part of the process is eliminating where he is NOT. My husband and I are high school classmates of Jeremy and have been with heavy hearts. Griess family-please know you have been in our prayers!

  • lmwong 10:13 am on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Earth Map: Propagation Analysis 

    Google Earth File

    Here is a Propagation Analysis for those familiar with Google Earth. It may greatly aid in the narrowing the search efforts. There are two primary areas of focus.

    1. Load the map.
    2. Open the side-bar on the left.
    3. Expand the Temporary Places file
    4. Uncheck all boxes.
    5. Check commnet -80, Badger X, and the lat/lon blue dot in the Commnet Tower folder.

    Focus 1

    Where the green and red overlap should be the primary search area.
    Please note, the green areas within 1-2 miles outside of the red should also be searched.
    Particularly the West end of Elevenmile Lake and the stream between here and Spinney Res.

    Focus 2

    1. Load the map.
    2. Open the side-bar on the left.
    3. Expand the Temporary Places file
    4. Uncheck all boxes.
    5. Check Badger X, the lat/lon blue dot in the Commnet Tower folder, and the commnet tower.png.

    Where the red and yellow areas overlap should be the secondary search area.
    Please note, the yellow areas within 1-2 miles outside of the red should also be searched.

    ***PLEASE NOTE***

     The green area 1 mile north of the  tower does not have cell coverage and should not be a focus of the search.  Also,  the search should NOT go be beyond the Eastern most border of Spinney which is  also in green.  It is highly unlikely the phone is here as it would have been hitting a different tower (BADGER Y).

  • maramanc 9:59 am on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Updated Search Area: Detailed Maps Will be Available 

    The map below details a more localized search area which is located within the green regions of this map.  The primary areas of focus should be within the green regions of this map, to include Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir and water way along CO 96, east of Eleven Mile dam. The secondary areas of focus will be the region in red, Southeast of Badger Mountain.

  • maramanc 5:59 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    The SEARCH IS ON – 4/25/2010 at 9:00am – Meet at the Teller County Sheriff – Divide, CO 

    Link to google maps for the area

    UPDATE (NEW MAPS ABOVE): The lower right map shows the approximate search area.  The image shown top left is a Google earth created map overlay.  The yellow regions are Commnet tower coverage areas. The red overlay highlights areas that are likely to not have adequate coverage. Therefore,  efforts should be focused on the southeast quadrant of Badger mountain (red section), specifically within the yellow regions of this quadrant.  Chris Madden will have detailed area maps available this morning (4/25/10) for each search party at the Teller County Sheriff.  If you would like to download this map to your computer, please send us an email at and we will send you the google earth file.


    Please meet at the Teller County Sheriff’s dirt parking lot, approximately 7-8 miles west of Woodland Park, across from the Western gas station. I will be driving the white Honda Pilot with Longs Peak Sports and Family Medicine in blue graphics on the side.

    I have been in extensive contact with area sheriffs and search parties and have put together a rough map of what has (red boxes) and has not (yellow boxes) been searched. I believe, with a lot of help, that we can cover the unsearched areas Sunday, April 25. The area we will be searching east of Woodland Park did not get hit with much snow, but 4WD vehicles may be advantageous if we encounter mud as we will be primarily exploring county and forest service roads. 

    The posted map below shows the 7 main search areas in yellow. I am hoping to send at least 2-4 vehicles into each area, each vehicle or each set of vehicles, working down the main road and exploring side roads on one side of the main road. The other vehicle or set of vehicles will work the same main road and explore side roads on the opposite side of the main road. If we have 2 sets of vehicles on each road, the vehicles will hop scotch each other on the side roads

    I plan to make blow up copies of Google Maps for each area, but National Geographic or Colorado Gazetteer maps will be helpful as many of the roads go by various names, and in an effort to achieve labeling of all the smaller roads, the Google Map printouts will cover a small area and be very specific.
    I’ll make multiple copies to hand out to search parties.

    The current plan is to have each search party (minimum of two per car – one to drive, other(s) to look) cover their respective area and to call the phone number I will give them in the morning to report findings. Once your area is covered, you can head home.

    We can’t thank you all enough for your valiant efforts to find Jeremy. Be careful and safe travel to all tomorrow.

    All the best, Chris Madden

    • rwarren 7:31 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We drove Fremont CR69 to Rice Mountain area, cell signals not likely in that area, as the map shows the road one mile east of where it really is. We also swept Teller CR 111, CR 411 to Forest Road 243 to its end, then Forest Road 393 down to Eleven Mile Canyon. Improbable that Jeremy went that way due to pre-existing road conditions. We tried.
      Also, weather was mild, most roads were passable with no issues. There is considerably more snow north of highway 24 in the search area, and above 9300 feet south of 24. Good luck on Sunday.

      • maramanc 9:52 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Spinney Mountain Reservoir – very desolate area – drove on all roads on the north side of the lake (there are not southern roads). Posted flier at the Chaparral Park General Store (719-836-0308). The clerk thought he has seen Jeremy, but not in the last couple of weeks (months ago) and did not recognize his car.
        · Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir – Again desolate (flat and prairie…no mountains or trees nearby). Drove on the north west edge of the Reservoir, nothing out there, could not even find a store or gas station to post flier.
        · Hartsel – Left fliers at the Hartsel Post Office.
        · Antero Reservoir – Drove out and around all the roads leading into the lake, nothing…just a few picnic tables and restrooms.
        · Left a flier at a Gas Station (I think it was in Floissant.
        · Along Highway 24 (4 or 5 miles west of Lake George)there were Pike National Park Camp grounds. Drove into 2 of them and stapled filers on entry posts.

        The whole area seemed very desolate…like western NE. The lakes seemed like Sand Hill Lakes, nothing around them but prairie.

        Weather was nice, once I got to Colorado Springs and started driving west. Hopefully, someone will have success tomorrow.

  • maramanc 4:06 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A “Locate Jeremy Griess Fund” has been set up at a local bank 

    An account at the Minden Exchange Bank  in Minden, NE,  in addition to the PAYPAL account,  has been created for those who wish to donate.  Arlen’s email address is   When making the deposit please reference “Locate Jeremy Griess Fund”.

     Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Minden Exchange Bank & Trust Company.. mailing address P.O. Box 179, Minden, NE 68959.  Should you have any questions, you can contact Senior Vice-President Arlen Osterbuhr at 308-832-1600  The bank’s email address is

    Link to Minden Exchange Bank

    Minden Exchange Bank & Trust

    448 North Minden Avenue
    Minden, NE 68959-1659
    (308) 832-1600 
  • maramanc 3:43 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Pikes Peak Courier View: Search for missing man ongoing 

    Published: 04.24.10

    Pat Hill

    Jeremy Griess, 39, disappeared from his home in Westminster April 11 and is believed to be in the Woodland Park area.

    Griess is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has dark brown/ black hair and hazel eyes. He has a faint scar above his lips.

    Three days later, the family picked up a signal from Griess’s Blackberry, which put him within a 20-mile radius of the AT &T cell phone tower in Woodland Park.

    Griess often hiked in these areas, where family and friends are now searching:

    Trails and roads along Highway 67 between Woodland Park and Deckers.

    Along Highway 67, between Divide and Cripple Creek.

    On U.S. 24, between Woodland Park and Eleven Mile State Park.

    Griess’s car, a 1999 black two-door Honda Accord with a bike rack on the roof, had not been found as of late Tuesday afternoon. The license plate is Colorado plate No. 940 JSE.

    According to news articles, local law enforcement will not join the search until the car has been found.

    Among the news drifting in is a report from someone in Victor who recalls a car similar to Griess’s with a bike rack on top parked at the corner of Victor Avenue and 3rd Street April 13. Search efforts have also focused on County Road 67 between Victor and Cañon City.

    Searchers plan to gather again Sunday morning April 25 in the parking lot in front of the Teller County Sheriff’s Office following a lead that Griess may be in the vicinity of Badger Mountain.

    Anyone with information can contact the Westminster Police Department at 303-658-4360, check the Web site,, or e-mail People are also urged to contact the family at 402-499-3665 if they have any leads on Griess’s whereabouts or wish to help search.


  • maramanc 10:30 am on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Search Postponed Due To Weather 

    Due to a winter storm warning and probable heavy snow overnight, in addition to heavy snow between Denver and Colorado Springs, we are postponing the Saturday search for now. We hope to resume the search 4/25, Sunday morning at 9 am. We will post an update between 4 and 5 pm tomorrow. We hope we can search this weekend, but need to make sure we are able to access small roads and that our search will be worthwhile. Please check the website tomorrow for details.

    Chris Madden

    • Brewer 2:59 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bill and Kerry Hahn searched CR 96 (11 Mile Canyon) and FR 393 today.

      • maramanc 3:03 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much! What are the current weather and road conditions?

        • Brewer 3:09 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Roads are clear, and the sun is out.

        • Kerry 7:59 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          We also checked 61 up to Blue Mountain Campground and FR298. After that, we covered 90 to 92 and talked with the State Park folks who assured us they covered all of the nearby roads. We then followed the road as it turned to 59. We then went North on San Juan St. then East on 24 to Tarryall Rd (77) to the town of Jefferson.

    • Kristen 1:16 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Since we have looked in that entire area and because the roads are clear. Jeremy’s car we would have thought would be easy to find if he stuck to the main roads. We traveled as far as a car could go without a 4×4. And even beyond that with our4x4 truck Is there any other spot to consider it just seems his car would not be that tucked away?

    • Kristen 12:48 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We just got back from searching the new area listed and the roads are fine. There is no snow past Lake George area and it was sunny. We searched 704and 704C off of 24. We went down co rd 90 and traveled up 860 ABC&D,861 AB&C,863, 864, and 707 as far as a car could travel. We traveled around 25 miles total in the 10 mile area around the tower. You should have not problem getting down the roads if you are planning a search. We will not be able to help tomorrow but everyone involved is in our prayers.

      • maramanc 12:52 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so very much for your help! God bless.

        -Griess Family

        • Kristen 1:30 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          All the roads are clear we even traveled up some of the roads North on 31. Because of mud and some rocky areas a small car would not make it. However if you go on some of these roads they break off into other small roads and so on. You would really have to know that these roads where there and does not make allot of sense to travel down. But it’s important to look.

  • maramanc 10:24 am on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    York Times: Man with York ties missing in Colorado 

    YORK — The family of 39-year-old Jeremy Griess continue to search for him after he disappeared April 11.
    Link to Article

    Griess has ties to the York area, says Art Roemmich who is a distant relative. He said the young man’s family originated in the Sutton community and he is related to the Hornbacher family in this area.

    News reports from the Woodland Park, Colo., area say that Griess left his home to pick up some food and never returned.

    Cell phone records show Griess’ phone last sent out a signal from Woodland Park. That’s where his family have been searching with dozens of volunteers.

    He was said to be driving a 1999 black two-door Honda Accord with a Colorado license plate of 940JSE.

    Investigators also say there has been no financial activity detected on Griess’ accounts since his disappearance.

    If anyone has any information about the situation, they are asked to call the Westminster police at 303-658-4360.

    There is also a Web site where information on the case is constantly updated, at Concerned individuals may also leave messages for the family at the Web site.

  • lmwong 2:21 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Coming from the North, I-25 closed 

    Just heard I-25 is closed both directions outside castle rock (may be accidents or snow). AN ALTERNATE route to Woodland park is through deer creek (off of south wadsworth) over to highway 67 and down. That might be an options for other people coming from north.


    See Travel alert

    • Jeff 4:31 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      All…This area is suppose to have over a foot, if not 2 foot by tomorrow, of new heavy wet snow. I have ridden dirt bikes in this area before and I seriously wonder if 4WD will even make it up the most gradual graded dirt road. By all means we should try, but does anyone have snowmobiles that could be put to use if needed?

  • lmwong 1:10 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    **Revised Coverage Map from Comnet** 

    Badger X Quadrant has been mislabeled on the map Comnet provided us earlier. They have called to confirm that Badger X is the southeast quadrant. Again, the search area is a radius of 10 mi around the cell tower in Badger X quadrant, in the southeast direction. Based on info from AT&T and this new info about the mislabling of Badger X – the SE projection makes much more sense to all parties who are working on his cell signal.

    UPDATE: Comnet provided us with a detailed coverage map of the area below (click for downloadable PDF). Searches should focus on the pink first, areas with the strongest coverage.

    Click here for a printable black and white (and red) PDF showing a closer view of Badger X coverage.

    • Tim 4:24 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      according to Google Earth there are several campsites in that pink area – should be easy to check them – very close to hwy 24

      and (further away) -105.3626568783456,39.01419374022898

    • Cathy Weaver 3:39 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have tried to contact folks with the Colorado Back Country Horseman Organization. Seeing that ATV or 4WD might have trouble manuevering in the snow, horses would be the next best thing. Are there folks that have been out on horseback? Do we know the location of the fire towers in the area that are accessible by the forest service?

    • Josh Friesema 1:31 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I must warn you we’ve had 14″ of snow in that area already and it’s expected to continue coming down through the night and into tomorrow. This will greatly hamper your search efforts and make 4X4 more of a necessity for traveling a lot of those roads.

  • lmwong 11:53 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Find Jeremy’s Black Honda Accord 

    Thanks to everyone who is joining us tomorrow. Regarding queries about 4WD vehicles, ATVs, dogs, etc., these are all great ideas, BUT we have to remember that we need to find Jeremy’s 2WD Honda Accord FIRST. It is unlikely he could have accessed difficult terrain with this car. We will do best by driving accessible roads and trail heads, and only intensifying the search with the other resources if we find the car.

    Thanks, Chris Madden.

    • Jerry 1:43 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t want to contradict you Chris but with the change in weather 4WD may be important. There are roads I searched on last Sunday in my 2WD that I doubt I could get through today given the rain and snow.

    • Friend 1:13 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Chris, have you all had any luck with a helicopter? Would that help your efforts? Do you need us to see what we can do to help in this area or do you feel as though the area has been refined enough it’s unnecessary?

  • lmwong 10:41 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    New Search: Badger Mountain 

    UPDATE: Please see revised Comnet coverage map above.

    Hi All,

    Based on new cell phone location data, which is much more precise (many thanks again to Comnet, particularly Angie), we will be conducting another search of all the county and other roads in the Badger Mountain area on Saturday morning, 4/24/10. The more folks and cars we have the better. We plan on meeting in front of the Teller County Sheriff’s station at 9:00 AM on Saturday. The office is about 7-8 miles west of Woodland Park on HWY 24, just across the street from a Western gas station. There is a big dirt lot out front and we will meet there. I’ll be in a white Honda Pilot with blue graphics that says Long’s Peak Family and Sports Medicine on the side. Please email me at if you have any questions, and to confirm that you want to help on the Saturday search so I can get a head count. Topographic maps, National Geographic Maps, and Colorado Gazetteers may all be helpful, and if you have them please bring them. We can make a plan Saturday morning in the lot, then head out.

    For those wanting to search tomorrow (Friday 4/23/2010), please start in the Badger X quadrant marked on the cell phone tower map (see updated post regarding the revised Comnet coverage map – the X quadrant is in the SE direction). We request that the adjacent areas also be searched. Please take notes of the areas you have searched and post them on this website to help us better coordinate and avoid duplication (county roads and distances gone, etc.).

    Jeremy’s phone definitely communicated with the Badger Mountain tower between Monday (4/12) and Wednesday (4/14), when we last had any sign of it. We plan on dividing and conquering all the roads in the area. Thanks so much to everyone for your help.

    Chris Madden.

    Google Map of Badger Mountain

    • gregory j. hill 2:33 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center (Summit of W. Pass) is closed, but there’s a fair-sized parking lot there. Might make a good staging area. May have open restrooms, too. DeLorme CO Atlas Pg. 49, D-6 & D-7 shows (Forest Road) FR228, among other FR’s and FT’s (Forest Trail). Godspeed and God Bless U All!

    • Julie 1:11 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      May God Bless all family, friends, and volunteers! I pray that God illuminate the path to Jeremy and send angels to help facilitate the search. May Divine Presence comfort and guide all at this time. In constant prayer… wish we could do more!

    • Abigail Eastman (Kuehn) 10:21 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, guys! I sent phone numbers to the head of Search and Rescue for that area to Chandra’s Facebook account. Their team goes out several times a month with great success rates.

    • Lori Insko 10:19 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Aunt Wanda, Uncle Ted, Cass, Tony and Chandra…John and I and the boys are all praying for you and especially Jeremy. Our hearts are so full of love and concern for all of you. We so wish we were there to hold you and pray with you. Keep your faith in God. He loves you all so much and ESPECIALLY Jeremy. Where ever Jeremy is he is not alone…God is right there with him. We love you all very much.
      Love and prayers from Maine.

    • Brenda 10:01 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ever since I found out Jeremy was missing there has been a dark cloud over my world and I would want him to know how he has affected the lives of people he has never met and that him being absent from our lives has left us with an empty, devastating feeling.

    • Joan Ouren 8:11 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am sure you have already considered this but a friend of mine raises dogs. She is a respected and certified dog breeder. She wondered if you could get ahold of even 2 bloodhounds to help you in the search. With the wooded areas it may help. She says that dogs have such an enormous sense of smell they would help alot. I know that it would be hard to find some of them but even if you could round up 2 it might be a start.

      Good luck in the search, I wish I could be there to help.

      • Brian K. 12:26 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        My prayers are with the family. Ever since I saw this on MTBR it’s bothered me and I would surely like to offer whatever little bit of help I can.

        Could Jeremy have tried to go fishing below the 11 mile res. dam?
        Also, what’s the snow like up there? I heard they got 10 inches last night. Are the FS roads passable? Is it worth heading up, can you see anything?

        Are people getting out and searching around trailheads to see if perhaps he was the victim of a carjacking? I hate to see people not getting out and taking a look because they are only looking for a car. If you’re already there why not get out for 5 min and take a look around?

        Have you been able to put together a possible route he was traveling from the cell tower data?

        • lmwong 12:46 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          We have a possible route based on the cell tower data, which has lead us to Badger Mountain, so far.

        • Brian K. 1:17 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Westminster to Woodland park to Badger Mtn. via what roads? Time of day?

          I’m just having a hard time figuring out why someone would drive from Westminster that late in the day to start a hike up to the top of a mountain. If he left Westminster at noon, seems he wouldn’t have even gotten out of the car until 3pm? That’s a long drive for a short hike. Doesn’t make sense for an experienced hiker to do that this time of year.

        • Brian K. 1:21 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Could you please post the possible route?

  • lmwong 9:49 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Dear Jeremy, 

    Hi Jeremy. It’s me, Mom. I have such a deep need to reach out and contact you and make sure you are safe and well. It is my hope and prayer that you will receive this message meant for you. Putting this on this website is the only way I know to possibly and hopefully reach for your hand and touch your heart.

    I know your present feelings, which are a direct result of your present circumstances. In our many lengthy conversations over the years and, in particular, over the last year, I have felt what you felt, your feelings have become my feelings. We have always been connected so strongly in spirit that, at times, I sense your feelings before you even express them to me and sometimes know you will call before you even dial the phone. I know that you feel very alone, dropped, kicked and ground into the dirt due to the circumstances that came your way. But, you need to know, whatever has happened or what will happen, you will NEVER lose your value to your family and friends who love you so intensely and care so deeply about you. You are still and always will be priceless to those who DO LOVE you! The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE and WHOSE WE ARE. You are special—Don’t EVER forget it. You might feel very alone, but trust me, you are not alone. You have a multitude of family and friends who care deeply about you and want to reach out and be there for you. Please let us do just that.

    Jeremy, we need you in our world. You have so much to offer everyone you know as well as so much to offer all those you have yet to meet. I think about how much I have learned from you over the years and I am totally amazed at your insights, your precision in facing the world, your ability to read people and their needs so well, and yes, your intense left brained approach to life that has taught me so much (at times, yes, has also frustrated my dominant right brained approach). I think in particular how much Baxter, Parker, Gus, Sheridan, Vivian and Lydia need their Uncle Jeremy in their world to teach them the things only he can teach them, which is so much.

    You are more than your body, your physical presence and your material possessions. You are spirit. You have your mind, heart and soul and there is always something to be thankful for (I know you know that). Decide that life is good and that you are special. Steadfastly refuse to let anything steal your joy. Choose to be happy….and YOU WILL BE. Don’t let the pain and frustration of today destroy the joy of all days to come. Don’t judge life by one difficult event. You must keep putting one foot in front of the other and taking your life day by day. There is a brighter tomorrow that is just down the road. DON’T LOOK BACK!!!! YOU ARE NOT GOING THAT WAY!!!!

    More than anything, Jeremy, we need to know that you are okay and safe. PLEASE contact one of us and let us know that. When you are ready to come home to us, you will, and we are okay with that. If you need to stay away for awhile to clear your head and heart, by all means do so, but just let someone know you are okay. You need to know that no one is judging you, no one is critical of you. Everyone is concerned about you and needs to know you are safe from harm’s way. Perhaps you will find comfort in knowing your family and friends are supportive of ALL that you do and believe that whatever decisions you make, they will be the right choices for you. We look forward to the day we can welcome you back with open arms and open hearts.

    You are my precious son. My heart is broken right now and only you can take away the pain of my broken heart. I need you, Jeremy. As for your family, well, we all feel a huge void in our family right now. Only you can fill that void. Your entire family loves you so very much and needs you in their world. You have left your footprints and presence in our hearts forever!!! I am trying to face each day as a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I will focus on the new day and all the happy memories of you and our times together that I have stored away…perhaps just for this time in my life. If my tears could talk, the life story of my experiences with you, Jeremy, would unfold and deliver sadness, confusion, frustration and mystery at this present time, but also happiness, delight, joy, laughter, pure pleasure and intense pride when my memory bank fully opens and the past comes to light and explodes with wonderful thoughts and feelings that I shared with my wonderful son, Jeremy. How desperately I long for you to be with us and we can experience those wonderful/positive feelings again.

    May today there be peace within you. Take good care of yourself and be safe for me. I love you with my entire being!!!

    Love and Prayers to you, my son,


    • Laurie Duncan 12:56 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wanda, over the years I have thought about you and your kids. To have this situation occur just makes me sad and that your family and you have to go through it is beyond anything I can imagine. I wish there was more I could do for you as you did for me years ago! For now the best I can do is pray and get word out there to others to help look for Jeremy. Your letter to him and your love for him are those that only a mother can know. I will pray strong and hard today that he is found or that some new clue arises. You are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the girls! If I could I’d give you a hug, shed tears with you and just be there, but I can’t be there, I am here, shedding tears for you and your pain. God be with you and your family and keep Jeremy safe and bring him home safely! Laurie

    • Gordon and Bev Muller 8:23 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wanda and entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The loss of a child is such a difficult burden. May Jeremy be safe and return to you quickly. Can’t get this situation out of our minds.

    • Bren-another mom 6:22 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Your connection to your son is so obviously strong-please know that Jeremy, your sweet boy, is ALWAYS right there with you, no matter where else he is right now. Only a mother could fully understand the agonizing grief you are feeling-and only a mother knows that you will never truly lose your baby. There are complete strangers that are doing everything they can to help. Let Jeremy’s love keep you strong until you know he is safe.

      • Barb Bartek 8:03 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wanda…..I am running down the alley to hug you and help you any way I can….but the alley has grown longer and I can’t run fast enough (gosh…I never could run fast!) Wish I were “Mary Poppins”….would open my umbrella and do a search myself. My dear friend…please know I am with you and praying for all. Barbie

    • Joan Ouren 11:40 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To Jeremy’s mother,

      As the mother of 3 children, my heart bleeds for you. Your letter has touched something within all mothers. We hold a place in our hearts for our children that is timeless. Sharing their successes and failures, their faults, and yes, their grief.

      I pray that Jeremy reads your letter and understands that he is loved, completely, by his family and his friends. I’ve only met him once, when my niece Amy married Tony, but as I read the messages on this website, hear the pain in your words, and feel the love of his friends, I feel as if I know him.

      Please stay strong and know that people are praying for your family and for Jeremy.

      Joan Ouren

  • lmwong 5:30 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Badger Coverage Area 

    This is the coverage area for Comnet whose Badger tower picked up Jeremy’s phone from 4/11-4/14.

    Address: BADGER MOUNTAIN IREA 303, Lake George, CO, 80827, USABADGER MOUNTAIN IREA 303, Lake George, CO, 80827, USA

    Lat: 39.049833
    Long: -105.513716

    • Littlejs 12:47 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is there anyway we can get the detailed date and time of each cell phone ping at the various towers? This way we can better understand if Jeremy was making a loop (a casual drive) or heading towards a destination. We could map it out and get a better understanding of his route.
      Just a thought.

      • lmwong 8:13 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        We have combed through the available cellular data. It does not appear he made a loop. With the help of Comnet, we believe Jeremy’s last documented location is in the Badger Mountain coverage area. His phone was receiving data from the Woodland AT&T tower followed by Comnet’s Badger tower for 4 consecutive days. We are continuing to work with other cellular companies to analyze and understand the cell data. Keep the thoughts coming!

        • Zoe Albrecht 4:28 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I work for a company that is a partner of the company that Jeremy works for. I met Jeremy at an event our companies were co-hosting in Kansas City on March 2nd of this year. We had a few of hours of social conversation because we were both traveling to and from Denver on the same flights and we car pooled while in Kansas City. My company was notified that Jeremy was missing by the company he works for.

          I noticed that there is no media coverage about Jeremy in the Denver Metro area. Is there a specific reason? Obviously, the more people you can reach the better. If I can be of any assistance with gathering contact information for the major news sources please let me know.

          I don’t know Jeremy well, but he really seems like a great guy. Myself and my co-workers who had the pleasure to meet him in March are keeping him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

    • kristen 9:59 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We went and searched hwy 24 past Lake George to Co rd 31. Off of 31 we went down Forest rd 896 to where it is gated. We also went down 216 off of 31 till it got to dark. The road goes up quiet a ways I think but it was very muddy and we didn’t have our 4×4. We also checked down the roads of Round Mountain Camp off of hwy 24 but when it got to muddy we didn’t go farther.

    • beb4vm 7:52 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This area is Park County. Has anyone made contact with that Sheriff’s office? Also, will the Search Organizer tent/table be moved to a new location?

    • Josh Friesema 7:44 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I grew up in that area and my uncle still lives there. I’ll give him a call. He may be able to drive around some of that area and look. That is in the Park country SAR area so you might see if they would be willing to spend a little time looking in that area.

    • Mark Bailey 6:49 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is there a plan to search this area on Friday?

      • lmwong 11:00 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        See above post re: New Search: Badger Mountain.

    • Abigail Eastman (Kuehn) 6:27 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have friends who own the Badger Basin Country Store in Hartsel. I just called and gave the store clerk a description of Jeremy and his car and asked that they call Westminster PD if they see anything. I’ll call tomorrow and talk to the owner and see if they can help with the search. Saying prayers in Alaska for you guys!

    • Nikki 5:54 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am very intrigued with the pinging of the cell towers by Jeremy’s phone. If he went missing on Sunday, I wonder how his cell has stayed charged long enough to last until Wednesday? I have a blackberry and it doesn’t stay charged long at all even if I am not using it. And, if the phone was in one position, would it have roamed on the three towers? Seems like the phone would have to be moving to do that. And if so, why wouldn’t Jeremy have called someone in distress (maybe lost on the trail?) Is there a point in time when Jeremy’s phone went dead, meaning that if you call it goes straight to voicemail? If so, at what point in time was that? Or does it still ring and then message says voicemail if full?
      Thinking out loud,

      • Amy 8:02 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know about the charging time, but what if he was trying to make the distress calls while moving that caused the various pings but none of the calls were able to go thru to anyone he was trying to reach? I was wondering if trying to call pings the tower but because of the area the calls don’t actually connect.

      • Judy Sorensen 11:54 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Like Jeremy, I also have AT&T service. My sister and I were in the Lake George area this afternoon and I had her dial my cell number, it rang once and went directly into voicemail….as if I had turned it off. I could not receive nor call out until I got within range of the Woodland Park Tower which was before the first turn off road of County 25 going east. Not sure what my coverage would have been going west of Lake George as we didn’t get that far. I like your thinking out loud thoughts Nikki. Good insights.

  • lmwong 4:32 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    4/22/10 Update 

    We have been working non-stop on trying to better localize Jeremy’s position using cellular phone data.  This is no easy task, and we thank you for your continued interest in helping us find Jeremy!!!  After Jeremy made contact with the AT&T Woodland Park tower, his phone began roaming on several other carrier networks.  Comnet has been wonderful and has localized his cellular phone contact with one of their towers for all dates from 4/11 to 4/14 to an area on or near Badger Mountain (A), NW of Lake George (purple), East of Hartsel (orange) and North of Eleven Mile State Park (yellow) .  We would focus all further search efforts on this area until further information may be available.

    • Matt Payne 10:37 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am very familiar with this area as my family has been camping near Mt. Badger many many times. Let me know if I can be of any assistance!

    • Kelly 9:33 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Has any one driven FR 211 yet? It is near Lake George. It leads to Corral Creek Rd and the Happy Meadows Campground. Someone should drive that road.

    • Mark Bailey 6:38 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is there a plan to search this area on Friday?

    • Jodi Nissen 6:33 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Who is helping to organize this so we don’t all double up on the trails and roads? Will someone be setting up a table and map again at sunrise and designating areas for volunteers to go? There is still time and with organized effort we can do this! Where should we be meeting do you think? Thank you Comnet!

    • Debra Lampshire 5:23 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is great news, I wonder, will the Pilot be able to go back out since you found the new resource with a more generalized area. How many are left to help with the search? We are still praying!

  • lmwong 2:45 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply NEWS 13 with video (2:00) 

    WOODLAND PARK, Colo. — The family of 39-year-old Jeremy Griess said they feel heartbroken and helpless. It has been more than a week since a roommate last saw Griess.

    Griess left his Westminster home on April 11 to pick up some food and never returned. He’s a Nebraska native, but calls Colorado home.
    Family members say they need help from people in Southern Colorado to find Griess.

    “I’ve jokingly said if he walked in the door, I’d strangle him or hug him — I’m not sure which, but I’ll tell you what, that would be a reward,” said Ted Griess, Jeremy’s father.

    Cell phone records show Griess’ phone last sent out a signal from Woodland Park. That’s where his family searched all weekend, but even with dozens of volunteers, they found nothing.

    “He’s always got his computer with him. He’s always got his phone with him,” said Cassandra Kanter, Jeremy’s sister. “He’s always communicating. It’s just not like him to not communicate with us.”

    Jeremy’s family and friends said they will continue to search.

    “His family and friends love him dearly,” Kanter said. “We want him back.”

    Griess drives a 1999 black 2-door Honda Accord. It has Colorado license plate: 940JSE. If you think you’ve seen it, call Westminster police immediately at 303-658-4360.

  • lmwong 7:06 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    In The Media: News 

    On April 11th, Jeremy Griess disappeared from his home in Westminster, Colorado. I am writing to you on behalf of Jeremy and his family in the hope that you will consider this story for publication in your newspaper.

    Jeremy’s family believes he may have gone into the mountains close the the town of Woodland Park, Colorado. However, Jeremy’s family, along with many volunteers have been searching the area tirelessly for any sign of him or his vehicle but to no avail. This means that Jeremy could be anywhere.

    Please help us circulate Jeremy’s information so that we can draw attention to his disappearance and find him before more time runs out. We are appreciative of your time and assistance in this dire circumstance.

    Detailed information can be found at Jeremy’s website: He also has a Facebook Group: Help Find Jeremy Griess – Missing since 04/11


    • Bren 10:53 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is there anything I can do today to help the family today? Was planning on driving some secluded forest roads off of hwy 67, but we are waiting to hear what the newest search focus is- should we retrace some old areas just in case?

  • lmwong 3:35 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Paypal Update 

    A paypal link has been added for any person wanting to help defray the costs of Jeremy’s search. It is the same Paypal account created by Pittners, a close friend of the family. Donations previously made through their account will be linked to the family. Thank you all for your help.


    • Joe Bartek 3:39 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Keeping fingers crossed for good news and praying, praying, praying!

      Joe Bartek

      • Judy 4:19 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m thinking of all of you out there in Colorado. I wish I could be there to help. I’ve sent my friends out in Colorado the fliers to put up in their hospitals around Greeley and Boulder. Will be keeping my fingers crossed.

  • lmwong 2:33 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    4/21/10 Update: 

    The family is working on an important lead at this time that may change our search efforts. We are currently making every effort to validate this lead before asking for volunteers to search the area, but we ask all volunteers to standby. We continue to ask for everyone to keep a look out for Jeremy and his car. The family appreciates all your thoughts and prayers and we continue to thank each and every one of you for your support. We hope to have an update this afternoon soon.

    • The Reinig Family 4:24 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are very concerned and waiting to hear about any updates you have. Thank you for keeping us informed. We will keep you in our prayers. Let us know if we can help in any way.

    • Jenn 1:39 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Any new updates? Was that lead useful?

    • Bren 11:03 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ready to help today- was planning on driving some of the secluded roads off hwy 67 right before deckers. Wondering if it would be better to wait for updates? anything else i can do to help family?

    • Lisa Omsberg 6:38 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am so very sorry to be far away and unable to lend any physical assistance in your search efforts, but please know Jeremy and each of you are in my constant prayers and thoughts! Our family and friends are praying he is found quickly and is safe!! Keep up the hope and faith as God is capable of miracles! Sending lots of love your way!!

    • Connie 10:43 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Please let us if know something asap. I live in Teller, and off CR51, and have access to areas around here, and ready to help. If you have any indication Jeremy is ok, please let us know. I have a very good friend in GI, NE that is a Greiss, and their family in Aurora. Don’t know if they are related, but it doesn’t matter. I’m local and want to help.

    • Tom Beck 9:37 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Griess Family. I am deeply saddened to learn of Jeremy’s disappearance. Try your best to be strong for Jeremy. My prayers are with all of you that hopefully your prayers will be answered.

    • kristen 7:46 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have looked from the top of the Crags to off roads in Cripple creek and finishing on non traveled roads in Rampart. Im finding the car being the key could be any place and if he went down a mountain his black car would be very hard to spot. My feeling is if we could get a group together to look up and down the canyons by foot we might have success. Unless of course the new lead pays off.

      • lmwong 8:25 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your efforts in the search for Jeremy. Please standby until we can confirm new leads. Thanks.

        • robertw 11:18 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Monitoring progress and standing by in the Westcliffe area if we can be of anyassistance.

      • Shawndra 8:41 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I would like to help, but can’t until Saturday. I hope and pray he is found safe and sound before then. I’m going to see if some of my Cripple Creek friends can lend a hand, as well. I’ve been watching for his car in the Pueblo area. Thank you for the updates.

        • lmwong 9:35 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Keeping an eye out for his car would be very helpful. However, please standby until we can confirm new leads. Thanks.

    • Gina 4:58 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      God blesses you all, and bless Jermey. My prayers are with you all. I pray we have good news, Love and Peace, Gina

  • lmwong 9:02 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    KHAS-TV News 5: Minden Family searches for missing son (with video 2:22) 

    (4/20/2010) By Adam Lefkoe – Nine days ago, Jeremy Griess went missing in Colorado. Griess is originally from Minden. News 5’s Adam Lefkoe spent the day speaking with Jeremy’s parents who had just returned from searching.

    As News 5 pulled up, Jeremy’s father was mowing the lawn. He said he just had to do something to take his mind off of all the stress. But more than anything he wants Jeremy on the front of everyone’s mind – always looking.

    Resting on the comforts of home, Ted Griess said the last 9 days have felt more like 9 years.

    “It has just been sleepless. It has just been endless for the last week and two days,” said Ted.

    Ted and his wife Rita found out that Jeremy had gone missing from his Colorado home last Tuesday. Lifelong friends called immediately to begin a search.

    “He called that morning and I said when do we leave?” said Darin Haight.

    They searched his home, his hangout always waiting on the next lead.
    When phone coordinates led the family to the Woodland Park area northwest of Colorado Springs. It was just another crash of emotion.

    “Ok, now we are here…now what? And then I realized the vastness of it and it just ripped me apart thinking. He is still lost,” said Ted.

    Some of Ted’s other children helped create a website that provides up to date information for people to stay informed. This is the first time Ted had seen it.

    “Everytime I see that picture it just bothers me,” said Ted.

    No matter the location, Westminster Colorado Police said they need everyone’s help.

    “Family he might visit, friends, anywhere he might go because right now we really have no idea where he went,” said Det. Bernard Vonfeldt.

    This morning, Ted said he received another glimmer of hope. A woman said she spotted Jeremy’s car outside Victor, Colorado. Ted and his family will continue to search – his life forever changed.

    “If I ever see any missing persons bulletins from here on I am helping. Because I have a good hunch that I know what people are going through,” said Ted.

    The Griess family is asking for your help.

    Visit to get updated information and a missing person poster you can post in your area.


  • lmwong 8:25 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    KKTV video update (1:57) 

    at 28 secs

  • lmwong 3:49 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Nebraska.TV video (2:46) 

    Link to video

    Link to earlier story…

    • susan fries 4:12 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are thinking of you and your family and hoping for Jeremy’s safe return home. Susan (Eagleburger) Fries and Jeanette (Eagleburger) McClain. We were neighbors for many years in Minden and played together lots.

  • lmwong 2:12 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Kearney Hub: Minden family in Colo. searching for lost son 

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Friends and family of a Minden, Neb., native are appealing to the public for help in finding him.

    Jeremy Griess, 39, of Westminster disappeared April 11. Family members believe he may have gone into the mountains near Woodland Park.

    According to an e-mail from his father, Ted Griess of Minden, Jeremy’s family and friends have been combing the area searching for him for days.

    “Needless to say, we’ve been at our wits’ end,” he wrote. “The situation can best be described as the old cliché ‘searching for a needle in a haystack.’”

    AT&T released the last coordinates of Jeremy’s cell phone that show he was in the Woodland Park area northwest of Colorado Springs.

    “We are now concentrating our search efforts to that area,” Ted Griess wrote. “Unfortunately, the weather has been rainy and overcast. I had contacted the Civil Air Patrol, and they agreed to carry on a search weather permitting.”

    A Facebook group called “Help Find Jeremy Griess – Missing since 04/11” now has more than 400 members and asks members to post information about Jeremy to their Facebook pages to increase awareness.

    “When you see something like this happen on TV, most, including me, mentally say ‘How bad’ and then go on with our daily lives,” Ted Griess wrote.

    “Having been thrust into this type of situation, I feel the pain. Our only hope is we find him before it is too late.”

    Jeremy Griess is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and a small scar above his lip. He was last seen wearing jeans, a T-shirt and boots and may have been driving a black 1999 two-door Honda Accord with Colorado license plate 940 JSE.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Westminster Police Department at 303-658-4360.


  • lmwong 10:38 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    KKTV, new video (1:34) 

    A new video today, 4/20/10

    • kristen 7:19 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Today we looked farther up into the crags and Teller co rd 51 out of Divide to 366 to where it eventually leads to painted rocks road. We also looked in the Cripple Creek on a road across from Co rd 82 over 67, not sure the name of the road.

    • Stacey Lampshire Haney 11:27 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am praying for you and hoping today you will find Jeremy. Wishing we could do more from Nebraska! Please know Jeremy is in our thoughts and prayers. I pray for your strength as you search today. Thinking of you Tony and Cass!

    • Scott Linnebur 11:07 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been following this story since I heard about it. I don’t know Jeremy very well but I do know him and how can you not like him if you’ve met him. Anyway, I assume the police are watching his credit card and bank activity and I don’t see how he would be moving around for over a week without them. I wonder if he is using a corporate card. With a job like his, he probably has one. Just a thought.

      • Jenn McCulloch 11:37 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Like Scott states, I also do not know Jeremy too well, but he has been an active vendor to mine and Scott’s company. I personally don’t feel you have to know someone that is missing to act on it or try and help. a person is missing and thats all that matters! i have put the missing person flyers in my car window and used window chalk and wrote on my back window the email you can write to if you have any info…Scott, i noticed below that someone thinks thay may have seen his car…maybe thats good news???

  • lmwong 8:59 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    From Victor, towards Canon City, on CO-67 

    Someone from Victor, CO recalls a car similar to Jeremy’s with a bike rack at the corner of Victor Ave. and 3rd St about a week ago.  She said she really remembers the bike rack.  He was headed toward Phantom Canyon on Country Rd 67.  This road has very steep drop offs.  Based on that information we are also focusing our search efforts today on: Country Rd 67 from Victor to Canon City.

    Please note: this is in addition to the focus below on Rampart Range Road.

    Above Map UPDATED – OFFROAD BICYCLE ROUTE (click to enlarge): Victor to Canon City, via CO-67

    Google Maps link

    • 1:51 pm on February 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “From Victor, towards Canon City, on CO-67 Help Find Jeremy
      Griess” was indeed a terrific post and therefore I personally was very
      glad to discover the article. Thanks for the post,Marshall

    • Friend 12:32 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s great to see the family getting some helpful feedback and ideas through this site. I read the thread below as well. It seems like Brad and Brenda had some constructive ideas too. Has a helicopter been utilized yet? Seems like it would be a great asset. If so, hopefully the Griess’ are able to gain access to one, or perhaps this site could be used to help them make contact with someone who can help in this area.

      Ted, Wanda, Cass, Tony, Chan, etc. keep your chin up, and try your best to not let discouragement get the best of you. Readers, let’s do our best to find ways to focus on the positives to help fuel the search. I can only imagine how very draining the past ten days have been.

    • Emma Louise Downs 9:20 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am a friend of the Griess family and this may be something to look into… I had a look on the map of the woodland park area and saw that on the road CR28, there is a CORALL LANE leading off of it. If anyone in that area could just go and look around the CR28 Corall lane area it would be worth a try, we have everything to gain just by looking.

      • Connie 11:30 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I live out here, and can check this out for you, but I cannot find that road. CR28 is also known as Edlowe Rd and runs south of Hwy 24. Corrnell Dr is to the north, but nothing named CORALL LANE off CR28 that I can see using Google Maps.

        • Emma Louise Downs 6:56 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry, I got the spelling wrong, it’s corral lane. Here is the link to the map of corral lane in woodland park….

        • Connie 11:46 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          For peace of mind, I had my son check the Corral Lane in WP, and no sign of his car. Found it interesting that the road to the Happy Meadows campground mentioned in another post noted a similar name, and it is near the Badger Tower, and is a popular real ‘get away’. However, it appears that area is being searched and nothing has turned up yet.

    • Sean 5:44 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Did they fly ‘Shelf’ road as well?

    • Ernie 8:00 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I need some info, I want to know if the car is all-wheel drive?I will be looking for him on my motorcycle this would be helpful.

      • lmwong 8:02 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Jeremy’s car is a ’99 Honda Accord, not AWD. Thank you for keeping an eye out.

    • Cassandra 1:25 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      No we have not done that yet but a great idea! thanks

    • annie 12:55 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wondered if there was anyone checking cameras at gas stations, etc. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • concerned 9:35 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If you click on the Google maps link and switch it to a bike route, it takes you east of Victor and then south on Phantom Canyon Rd. Knowing Jeremy was into biking if he was looking for for new routes this might be the better direction to look than towards Cripple Creek. Also, has his computer history been checked or has anyone gotten a dump of his smartphone internet access. Maybe he was looking for maps of new bike/hike routes that might give some indication of where he was heading last week.

      • lmwong 11:10 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        We are checking on these clues now. We appreciate any tips or ideas, no matter how obscure or obvious. Please keep thinking of ideas. Thank you.

        • Shawna 7:33 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          A friend, Jeff Sale, drove Old Stage / Gold Camp Rd to Victor today. He carried on to Phantom Canyon and saw no signs of Jeremy’s car. We will begin searching again tomorrow. Any updates on more refined focus areas for tomorrow is appreciated.

          • lmwong 8:25 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Thank you for everyone’s efforts in the search for Jeremy. Please standby until we can confirm new leads. Thanks.

    • Sue Yant 9:22 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is wonderful news now you have somewhere to focus your search. My prayers are with you hoping for something today. Sue

  • lmwong 8:31 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    New Search Focus: Rampart Range Rd 

    We are searching on Rampart Range from an area North of devils head down to Woodland park, with the greatest focus on the inner 2/3 of the route.

    Please note: this is in addition to the new lead posted above regarding Victor and Canyon City.

    Map above (click to enlarge): Route along Rampart Range, A = Devil’s Head Lookout, B = Woodland Park.

    Link to Google Maps

    • Bren 9:21 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank You, Brad, for following up- (sorry about the name typo).-Bren

    • Brad 11:05 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I ran into Brenda today and she alerted me to Jeremy’s situation. I received his last cell ping coordinates and followed CO Rd. 300/320 Rampart Range road and Mt. Herman Rd. from Garden of the Gods to Monument. There are only a couple of spots on the upper part of the road where you can get cell service. I could only check the main roads due to falling light, but there are plenty of side trails where it is plausible that he may have gotten his car stuck and never made it out. Some of these trails are very secluded and vehicle traffic is low. I would exclude Shubarth Rd. from the search, I followed it to the end. Also I didnt get a chance to hike down into the two canyons that follow the CO rd 300 sometimes on both sides. I know of two places where there are multiple cars at the bottom. The most efficient way to scan the Rampart Range would be by helicopter. Otherwise it could take days with a full strength search team. Best of luck to everyone involved, let me know if there is anything more I can do to help.


    • Tia K 7:36 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Praying for U.

    • Bren 6:27 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello- just finished up a day of seaching Rampart road for any sign of Jeremys car- traveled rd 300 from woodland park to monument…looking off side cliffs as we went along. No sign of anything.
      We met up with a young guy in a jeep that knows the area WEll and knows of a spot “on the Colorado Springs side of 300(rampart) that has four canyons that are know for “losing cars”. One particular canyon has a ravine that has four cars in it (cannot be seen from road) but access to the bottom is only attainable through trailhead. We have to head back toward home in littleton from monument but he has offered to drive down and check it out before dark. I’ll check back with updates.-Bren

      • lmwong 12:06 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        May I ask the color of the jeep that you are mentioning above?

        • bren 2:49 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          The jeep was dark green…the man’s name was Brady-he used to work with search and rescue in that area but has since moved to Denver-he seemed to be up there exploring today-he hadn’t heard that anyone was missing- but once we talked to him he mentioned a lot of places that would be essential to look (given the phone coordinates). We are not familiar at all with anything south of where we were looking. We focused most of the day on Rampart Range Rd from Woodland Park going north-all the way to monument, he passed us outside monument to see if we were ok…(nice guy!) He offered to continue looking on Rampart rd -southern part from monument- until dark. I got a text from him at 10:00 tonight saying he had been able to search TWO areas, but found no sign of “departure from the road”. Not sure if he made it to the canyon that had all the old cars in it. He certainly knew exactly where the most likely places might be. I ask him to post his search there. Pls let me know if I can help any further -Bren

    • Bren 12:47 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We don’t know Jeremy but my sister and I would like to help. We are on out way to woodland park from Littleton… Does anyone know exactely where the headquarters are?I’ll check back for updates…,

    • Debra Lampshire 9:39 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To the Griess Family our thoughts are with you! Is it possible that his car would have been towed or stolen if it was there overnight? Leaving him on foot? Check the local tow lots.
      Can we get the search team with their search dogs to help? We are all praying for him and your family, God be with him!

      Debra Lampshire

  • lmwong 7:42 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    McCook Daily Gazette: Native Nebraska Missing in Colorado 

    WESTMINSTER, Colorado — Friends and relatives of a Minden, Nebraska, native are appealing to the public for help in finding the missing man.

    Jeremy Griess, 39, Westminster, Colorado, has been missing since April 11. Family members believe he may have gone into the mountains near Woodland Park, Colorado.

    Jeannie Corona of Apple Valley, California, wrote to the Gazette asking our help.

    “Jeremy has many people looking for him and praying for his safe return. From the moment we were alerted of his disappearance last Thursday, we rallied around his family to offer prayers and encouragement. The number of supporters continues to grow as membership in the Facebook group, Help Find Jeremy Griess – Missing Since 04/11 has now reached 400. This group was started yesterday,” she said.

    “Jeremy’s family believes he may have gone into the mountains close the the town of Woodland Park, Colorado. People have been searching the area tirelessly for any sign of him or his vehicle but to no avail. He has a Web site with current information:\”


  • lmwong 12:21 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Kelsey Smith Act 

    Please see the below link. It is the case that led to the established law in KS, NE, and MN requiring cell phone companies to provide data to law enforcement agencies, in order to track missing persons, in exigent circumstances.

    Family members are trying to persuade AT&T to send an engineer to the cell tower. With his phone records and LAC and CID information from data sent to his phone up until 4/14, we hope an engineer can help us locate Jeremy.

    • Greg Smith 8:28 am on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Issuance of a subpoena does not automatically compel release of information. It does not have the same force as a warrant. In my daughter’s case (Kelsey Smith) a subpoena was issued and the cell phone company refused to comply. It was very frustrating, particularly since I was a cop when my daughter was kidnapped and I knew what procedures had to be followed.
      AT&T has an excellent emergency call center and works well with law enforcement. Certain criteria has to be established before the information can be released and it can only be released to law enforcement. It cannot and will not be released to the family nor will any phone provider do as the family is asking because of federal laws in place. AT&T and Sprint both helped write the Kelsey Smith Act in Kansas. All of the big three (Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T) are on record supporting the act when it was passed in Minnesota. Even if the state had the Kelsey Smith Act, the information will not be released to family members. It is only released to law enforcement.

    • Kim 2:29 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Your Police/Sheriff’s Departments should be able to obtain a subpoena through your local County/District Attorney to get the phone records from AT&T. And then also those departments can do
      what is called an off-line search thru NCIC. What this is, is the law enforcement agency calls the Federal agency NCIC and ask them to do an “off-line” search for Jeremy and also the vehicle. What this will do is tell them if any other law enforcement agency that may have had contact with Jeremy or the vehicle before it was known he was missing.

  • lmwong 11:27 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Nebraska.TV story: Minden Native Missing in Colorado 

    A Minden family is clinging to hope even though they haven’t heard from their son and brother
    for days.

    Jeremy Griess, who grew up in Minden and currently lives in Denver, went missing on April 11th.

    Authorities don’t have many clues as to what happened to him —  just a few cell phone hits.

    The Griess family is in Colorado looking for clues and working with authorities.

    It has been a week since 39-year-old Jeremy Griess seemingly disappeared.

    Tony Griess, Jeremy’s brother, said, “A lot of texts and messages were sent, but nothing was

    That has his family worried besides the fact Jeremy recently went through a divorce.

    Cassandra Kanter, Jeremy’s sister, said, “We’re really counting on local people around the area that know the area that are out and about.”

    They’ve put up posters, set up the website and with a team of volunteers mapped out the mountains of south-central Colorado. Yet, many of the volunteers left after the weekend to return to work.

    Ted Griess, Jeremy’s father, said, “It’s kind of a small team you’re looking at right now from this area. So, our intent is to make contact with all the police forces and the surrounding sheriff
    departments in the county.”

    Police said while they’ll follow up on leads it is not an active search since there’s no indication of foul play.

    Investigator Cheri Spottke, with the Westminster, CO Police Department, said, “He could have decided he was just fed up with life and needed a break and wanted to travel and live in Tim-Buck-Two and that’s not a crime.”

    There hasn’t been any activity on his bank or credit cards. However, police have traced his cell phone. The most recent hit happened on April 14th in the Woodland Park area.

    “In a few hours he traveled from the mountains down to Colorado Springs. So, the potential
    that he traveled out of Woodland Park to some other location is possible,” said Spottke. “So, we just don’t know where to look for him at this point.”

    The Griess family isn’t giving up, but fears Jeremy may have gotten lost or hurt himself while hiking.

    “Every time I see a missing person report on television, I would stop and say ‘that’s too
    bad’ and then go on with my day. But when you are thrust into the situation yourself, you realize the pain they go through,” said Jeremy’s dad.

    Jeremy is described as 5’10, 165 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He may be traveling in a black Honda Accord with the Colorado license plate 940 JSE.

    Reporter’s Notes by Jessica Phinney:

    Anyone with any information is asked to call the Westminster Police Department at (303)658-4360. It’s case number 2010 6054.


    • Karen Hartmann Roggenkamp 6:07 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Griess family: You are in my mind constantly. My deepest hopes and prayers are with you all.

      Karen Hartmann Roggenkamp

  • lmwong 9:45 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Another Video, KKTV (2:51) 

    LINK to the video.

  • lmwong 3:37 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Area Map 

    If you were involved with the search party, please leave a comment on this post describing an area or trail that has already been covered. Click the post to see all comments. Thank you for your help.


    • Cathy Weaver 6:25 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ted and Family – Praying that Jeremy is found and that you remain strong during this period. I have called several acquitances from CO to see what they know about the area and who might be some good contacts. Check with some horseback riding clubs and maybe even a mountain climbing group. There should be several search and rescue groups in the area as well as a few outfitters who take hunters in. We will find him – keep the faith!

    • Kristen 10:44 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We went up to the crags past the Menenite camp to the next parking lot area. We searched over the cliffs going up there as well. We did not find anything but will continue looking.

    • Kim C 6:53 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Has anyone hit the roads up by Golden Bell in Divide? A lot of those roads look okay for cars, but are not. Also has anyone talked to the boy scouts in the area? They hike those trails frequently. Also, anyone check off of Teller 1 going through Florrisant towards Cripple Creek? There are some alternate routes in that area that are easy to miss as well. Wish I could be more help.

    • Jodi Nissen 11:02 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We were told to start with CR51
      Forest Rd 357
      *posted fliers, handed out fliers, spoke with campers, bikers, and ATVers. Also checked a couple private roads back here, no numbers
      Painted Rocks Rd
      67 to Cripple Creek
      *stopped at every possible place for a car to go over
      67 to Deckers
      Abbey Rd
      Westcreek Rd to Pike Peak Resort
      CR 126 for 6 mi
      *stopped at every possible place for a car to go over
      So. Platte 67 through Sedalia
      Rampart Range, only 2 miles. Black out
      ~didn’t have a great car to hit a lot of back roads

    • Bruce Brodeen 9:44 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      John Butler and a group of biker riders hit the following:

      CR 22
      Rampart Range Road – To the gate closure
      Forest Road 312
      Carrol Lakes Road
      Forest Lakes Road
      Forest Road 314
      Forest Road 315
      Forest Road 320
      Forest Road 322
      Forest Road 323

      I hit all the campgrounds off of Hwy 67(but none more than one mile off the highway – there are some deeper in, which were hit has been my understanding) early in the morning between Woodland Park and Decker. Went 10 miles up CR 78(Painted Rocks Road) and all logging/access roads off that section.

      Then Also:
      FR 345
      FR 346
      FR 391
      FR 342
      FR 339
      (and various logging roads off these until the stopped)
      CR 79
      CR 73
      CR 66

      Going through my notes, I did not have the road #s for these but covered them and wrote the following down:
      Casey Slumber Road
      Rainbow Falls Road
      Trout Creek Road
      Quaker Ridge Conference Center Road

      Please note if anyone is going to hit the Forest Roads, you will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle, ATV or motorcycle. Be careful…..Some of these roads end suddenly and are difficult to turn around on, especially the logging paths off the Forest Roads.

      • John Butler 9:44 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for re-posting my search areas here. Hopefully the new lead will result in good news, but I am prepared to continue helping this weekend if need be.

    • Paul Schexnayder 8:47 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve checked the trailhead at the end of Edlowe Rd (CR28), just below Catamount Res.

      I’ve driven through the following steets in the Tranquil Acres Residential area:
      Orchid, Narsissus, Marigold, Juniper, Blossom, Iris, and Gentian. In addition to the marked trailhead at the north end of the subdivision there is at least one other un-official trailhead, but there were no signs of his car there either. There may be more un-official trail heads in the area, but I did not have the time to canvas the entire neighborhood.

      We drove south on Hwy 67 towards Cripple Creek and stopped at a number of curves with steep dropoffs and we looked for cars that might have driven off.

      We drove up the dirt road towards The Craigs Campground. We made it to the Mennonite camp before we had to turn around because of ice on the road. Jeremy could have pushed his car farther up the road if he was determined, so that area should be checked better.

    • Jessica 8:41 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone check Mueller State Park to the east of the highway past the Mennonite (?) Camp? Its in a valley with steep rock walls on both sides and dense trees and brush. I love to go there to take a breather, its worth checking out. Blessings…

    • Matt Sirbu 7:18 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am going tomorrow to search, along with another friend of Jeremy’s. We are meeting at 8:00 AM in Castle Rock (Meet at the Shell Gas off of the Wolfensberger exit) if anyone wants to join. Where are the key spots that haven’t been searched yet?


    • Mark Bailey 4:23 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sunday 4/18
      We search SH 543, from SH126 (Deckers Road) to the gate (not far)
      SH 550 to the rifle range, and down into the rifle range parking lot
      SH 543 (S. Buffalo Creek Road) to Wellington Lake. (The Wellington Lake caretaker hadn’t seen Jeremy or his car)
      SH 560 (Stoney Pass Road) to SH211 (Wigwam Creek Road), including the spur road to the Flying G Ranch (saw a purple and silver tent in the creek (?) and a fresh campfire) and the spur to the Wigwam Creek trailhead.
      SH211 to Cheesman Lake construction gate, and back to CO126
      Lone Rock Campground
      CO RD 66 (N. Rainbow Falls Road) to the gate
      Trout Creek Ranch Road/Hedi Road/Lisa Lane
      S. Rainbow Falls Road to the private property gate
      Hidden Valley Road to the closed gate. (We didn’t check the several spurs off this road)
      A couple of private roads on the east side of 67 across from and north of the South Meadows Campground.

    • Ryan Smith 4:19 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just to post this here too, I found out about this from

      I met up with Jeremy’s Cousin from Monument Sunday afternoon and picked up a few routes to check. I ended up putting on over 100 miles with no luck. 😦

      Route map I covered yesterday…

      Route map covered by Ryan Smith

    • lmwong 3:53 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Search areas include:

      Along Highway 67, between Deckers and Woodland Park
      Along Highway 67, between Divide and Cripple Creek
      On highway 24, between Eleven Mile State Park and Woodland Park

  • lmwong 3:16 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Updated Video on KKTV (2:11) 

    A Colorado family is anxiously searching for any sign of 39-year-old Jeremy Griess. The Griess family believes he went missing in Teller county more than a week ago. No one has heard from him since Sunday, April 11th. Based on the last traces of his cell phone, the family is centering their search on a 20-mile radius around Woodland park. The family is hoping more people volunteer to help find Jeremy.

    Rosa May is a waitress at Jo-Mama’s Pizza and Pasta, in Woodland Park. She empathizes with the family and wants to help find Jeremy. “The family members came in very upset, brought in fliers, saying last time they saw him was on such and such day, and he’s not normally a person who would disappear, so they’re scared something majorly bad happened to him,” says May.

    Cassandra Kanter pleads for help in finding her brother. “We are really counting on local people, that know the area, and that are out and about,” says Kanter.

    While the search still continues, many volunteers have had to get on with their lives and get back to work. Jeremy’s father, Ted, is trying to cope with the pain of missing his son. “Every time I see a missing person report on television, I would emphasize and say ‘that is too bad,’ then I go on with my daily life. But when you are thrust into the situation yourself, you realize the pain they go through,” says Ted Griess.

    The family believes a key to finding Jeremy is finding his car, which is also missing. It’s a 1999 two-door Honda Accord. It’s black with a roof rack on the top. The Colorado license plate is 940-JSE. To see a picture of the car, click on the photos tab at the top of this story.

    …a link to an updated video from KKTV.

    • Gina 10:20 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am off work on friday and i want to help. How can i be of use. Let me know , i will be there. Thanks, Gina

  • lmwong 11:14 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    The family appreciates… 

    The family appreciates everyone that came out yesterday to look for Jeremy.  Unfortunately, despite a great effort, we did not find Jeremy or his car.  There is not currently an organized search, but we appreciate anyone who wants to keep looking in the area.  Please notify the Westminster Police Department at 303-658-4360 or the Teller County Sheriff’s office at 719-687-9652 with any information.

    Thank you!

    • Rachelle B. 10:45 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am praying for Jeremy and all of the Griess family at this time. I am from the same small hometown. I pray you will find him soon in safe condition. God be your strength in this time.

    • Bren 5:29 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Praying for Jeremy and the family. Will check for here for updates to see if help is needed tomorrow.

    • kcots 4:39 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Would you be able to enlist the help of CO Search and Rescue? I know they assess the situation before they will actually start helping. Just a thought. Wish I could help more. Keeping you all in my prayers.

    • Shelby McKinley 3:53 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m thinking of all of you and wishing so much that I could help you more. I’m still hoping for some good news.

    • Ranae Upton 1:40 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thinking of you all! Wish there was something I could do! Prayers headed your way!

    • Sally Beutler 12:14 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the update. We are praying and constantly checking for new updates.

  • lmwong 10:06 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Help the Search Party 

    If you are planning on mountain biking today and live in this area, PLEASE COME AND HELP. We have narrowed the area to Hwy 67 between Woodland Park and Deckers, Rampart Range Area (see google map below). Please check in to the command post located in front of the Teller County Sheriff’s department as we are keeping track of the areas already covered.

    Teller County Sheriff’s Office, 11400 West Highway 24/P.O. Box 27, Divide, CO 80814 (719) 687-9652 Fax (719 )687-7927.

    Jeremy is an avid mountain biker and although he did not take his bikes, it is believed he knows these trails well and might have gone for a hike. We need as many people as possible to ride these trails.

    And be on the lookout for his black honda 2 door with bike racks!


    UPDATED: Please see these 2 posts regarding new search focuses. Rampart Range & Phantom Canyon

  • lmwong 6:50 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Last Cell Tower Coordinates 

    38.98624 -105.06916

    Jeremy’s Blackberry was last pinged on Wednesday 4/14 at this cell phone tower.

    Google Maps Link

    • Jodi Nissen 10:29 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a map person, so please understand I am just asking because I want to come up first thing tomorrow, with direction, and help and finally find Jeremy. Isn’t this the cell tower that was grouped on the hill towards town from Divide? Is there another tower towards Deckers that is more central that a radius can be drawn around? Please contact me as to where and when to meet tomorrow a.m.~I’m coming from Evergeen.

  • lmwong 6:34 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Fox 21 Colorado Connection Story: Hiker is missing in the Woodland Park area 

    TELLER COUNTY, COLO. — Westminster Police are asking for the public’s help with information on a missing hiker.

    Jeremy Griess disappeared on April 11, 2010, from his home in Westminster. Jeremy is 39 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, has dark brown/black hair and hazel eyes. He has a faint scar above his lip.

    Griess’ family believes he was last wearing jeans, a t-shirt and boots. He is driving a 1999 black two-door Honda Accord with a bike rack on the roof (CO tag 940 JSE).

    Until Saturday, his family had no information on his whereabouts. However, using cellular phone data technology, they now believe he is within a 20-mile radius of the AT&T cellular phone tower in Woodland Park, most likely the northwest, west or southwest sectors.

    Based on areas he frequently visited, they believe the most logical search areas are the following:

    *  Along Highway 67, between Deckers and Woodland Park

    *  Along Highway 67, between Divide and Triple Creek

    *  On highway 24, between Eleven Mile State Park and Woodland Park

    Search efforts Sunday are being coordinated from a public parking lot directly in front of the Teller County Sheriff’s office, located on Hwy.24 in Divide. The family requests that anyone interested in helping search for Jeremy meet at the parking lot after 11:30 MST to better coordinate efforts.

    The family understands that it is not uncommon for someone to “go missing.” However, they say this is very uncharacteristic of Griess, who is an excellent communicator. “We are deeply concerned that he is injured, and we are desperate to find him before we run out of time. We have a lot of ground to cover,” said sister Amy Cannella.

    Anyone with information in this case can contact the Westminster Police Department at 303-658-4360 and reference case number 2010 6054.

    Information provided by Jeremy Griess’ sister Amy Cannella.


  • lmwong 6:31 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    KKTV Southern CO News Story…with video (1:44) 

    Search Crews Look For Missing Man In Teller County

    No one has heard from 39-year-old Jeremy Griess in a week. Family and friends are arriving from out of town and out state to help look for him in Teller county. Griess is familiar with the outdoors but his family is worried for his safety. “A lot of messages and texts were sent and just nothing was returned,” says Tony Griess, Jeremy’s brother.

    So, Tony contacted Jeremy’s cell phone provider looking for clues. The Griess family tells 11 news that Jeremy’s love for the outdoors brought him to Teller county, and they know this because they traced his last known cell phone signals. “We’ve been working hard with AT&T and we’ve actually used other cell phones to localize towers … and we believe we got it pinpointed to Woodland north to Deckers,” says Tony Griess.

    His sister Cassandra Kanter says it’s very unusual for Jeremy not to call. “Jeremy is the most precise person always, ya know, let’s us know things and is detail-oriented … just odd for him all of a sudden to not communicate with anybody,” says Kanter.

    Dozens of friends are mapping out where to look while the family clings to hope. “I just want all the eyes and ears out there that are living around here to look for him and his car. I just have a feeling in my heart that he is there and he needs someone to find him,” says Kanter.

    Jeremy’s sister believes if they find his car, they will find him. Jeremy’s car is a black 1999 two-door Honda Accord, with a roof rack. The Colorado license plate is 940-JSE.
    If you have any information on where Jeremy Griess is or if you see his car you are urged to call the Westminster Police Department at (303) 658-4360.

    Link to video

  • lmwong 6:20 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Denver Post Story: Family worried about missing Westminster man 

    Westminster resident Jeremy Griess disappeared on April 11 and family members are asking for the public’s help locating him.

    Griess left his Westminster home last Sunday, family members said. They believe he was driving his black, 1999, two-door Honda Accord equipped with a roof rack. Cellular “pings” from Griess’ phone put him in the Woodland Park area on Monday with an additional “ping” from an unknown tower two hours later.

    “If people can really be on the look out it would really help us,” said Amy Cannella, Griess’ sister-in-law.

    Westminster Police have been working with the family, said Cheri Spottke, police spokeswoman.

    “We’ve exhausted all law enforcement resources,” Spottke said.

    A final cellular “ping” hit the unidentified tower on Wednesday, she said, and no financial activity has been detected on Griess’ accounts since his disappearance.

    Family members are searching and exhausted, Cannella said, and concerned Griess is injured.

    “He’s an avid fisherman, a biker, and outdoorsman,” Cannella said. “We’re getting a little despondent and running out of time.”


    • ric mccallan 4:06 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I saw on the victims heartland that you had a ID for the unknown tower. I contacted a friend of mine that works on the hardware side of cell phones for a smaller company and he is checking with his contacts at other companies to see if anyone they know knows about the tower (it was ID as “LAC 15201” from what I read)

      He also had a long shot method that may work for using an Iphone to check which tower is being pinged in real-time instead of via texting records I read were being used. Might be worth a try though he can’t guarantee it will work.

      Haven’t seen Jeremy since college, but my prayers are with you all.

      “One thing I thought of would be to take an iPhone out there and put it in DEBUG mode. The display shows the cell ID. However, it’s in HEX and may not correlate to the 15201 you were given.

      You can put the iPhone in DEBUG mode as follows (works for many GSM-based phones):

      *3001#12345#* then hit [Call]

      Then check the UMTS Cell Environment -> UMTS RR Info or GSM Cell Environment – > GSM Cell Info. We don’t know if his phone was on GSM or UMTS. 15201 is is 3b61 in hex, so look for that on the display somewhere.”

      • lmwong 11:21 am on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your comment. We have looked into the LAC 15201 and CID 1111. In talking with an AT&T cell engineer, these do not give us a specific location and actually mean that the tower is trying to locate Jeremy’s phone.

  • lmwong 6:18 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Adventure Riders Help with the Search 

    A thread was started about Jeremy on


  • lmwong 6:17 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Mountain Bikers help out, 

    A link to a post regarding Jeremy.

  • lmwong 6:04 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink  


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