Two days after the search for Mary Finnegan was called off, family members located her body on the Uncompahgre Plateau about three miles from where her car had been previously located.
Finnegan, 82, went missing from a bowling alley in Montrose on July 15.
Her car was located on the Uncompahgre Plateau on July 24. It had been abandoned four to five miles off Divide Road near the Mesa County and Montrose County line. For the next five days searchers combed the Uncompahgre National Forest looking for any sign of Finnegan, who reportedly had dementia.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Mesa County Search and Rescue, Mesa County Sheriff's Posse, Montrose County Sheriff's Posse, Montrose Police Department, Carbon County (Utah) Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Civil Air Patrol, local ranchers familiar with the area as well as family members were involved in the search.
All of the resources at the agency's disposal were used including ground teams, experienced trackers, ATV teams, horses, dogs and air resources.
"We can't thank enough all of the agencies and volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to this search effort," said Sheriff Lewis. "These volunteers took time off from their jobs, and gave up, in some cases, days with their own families to help in the search for Mary Finnegan."
A memorial service is planned Saturday, Aug. 20, at Calvary Chapel in Montrose.
Memorial contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, www.wish.org/donate, or Mesa County Search & Rescue, PO Box 20000-5016, Grand Junction, CO 81502.
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