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.