Crews search in Uintas for missing Park City man
July 14, 2009
A 64-year-old Park City man who was missing on Tuesday, whose car was found burning in the Uinta Mountains east of Kamas, was last seen early Monday morning, the authorities said.
A search for James Edmunds began Monday at about 2 p.m., Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ron Bridge said. "Sometime on Saturday [Edmunds] was engaged in a verbal argument with his family and left the house in the Park City area to retreat up in the Uintas near Washington Lake," Bridge explained. "He was last seen wearing a blue short-sleeved T-shirt with blue jeans and brown leather boots. He either had a green or gray jacket that he could have with him."
A witness encountered Edmunds in the forest Monday at about 1 a.m., Bridge said. "The witness was attracted to [Edmunds] because his vehicle was on fire up near the Washington Lake campground," Bridge said. "The witness explained that Mr. Edmunds was acting strangely. The witness had his family in his vehicle and didn’t want to approach Mr. Edmunds." The rugged country apparently did not suit the Suzuki car Edmunds was driving, he added. "Somehow either the car overheated and caught fire, or he ruptured the gas tank," Bridge said. "Somehow the vehicle caught fire and our witness actually observed Mr. Edmunds on the outside of his vehicle as the car was burning."
A pistol was found inside the vehicle, Bridge explained. "He does have access to weapons but we cannot confirm whether he has a weapon or not," Bridge said.
The search Tuesday utilized roughly 20 searchers and a Department of Public Safety helicopter.
"It’s going on right now," Bridge said Tuesday. Edmunds is about 6-feet-3-inches tall and weighs roughly 275 pounds, Bridge said, adding that he has brown hair, blue eyes and is bald.