January 3 Update

Two of Otter’s friends drove the length of New Mexico over the holiday week and stopped in all of the likely towns where a CDT hiker would stop. They are the ones who found some great leads in Cuba, which we are still trying to confirm (it isn’t easy doing this during the holidays).

They also found someone in Lordsburg who recognized Otter’s now-famous SF pullover and hat, but wasn’t so sure about the person himself. If Steve had hiked on roads and really put in miles every day, it is possible that he made it to Lordsburg by December 31. We are following up on this lead right now and will keep everyone posted if we find anything.

If you live in or near the Lordsburg area, please keep your eyes peeled for Steve. Print some posters to pass out (volunteers have covered most of the likely businesses), and if you are on or near Hwys 113, 9, or 81, please watch for Steve in case he is headed towards the southern terminus. We have also notified all of the authorities to be on the lookout as well.

If Steve is not the person identified in Lordsburg, there is still the real possibility that he is hiking at a more reasonable pace and is approaching Silver City, so we have notified many people and businesses in Silver City to watch for him. Another possibility is he is in trouble somewhere on the trail somewhere south of Grants, so if people want to search, we are trying to coordinate that as best we can. Please see our Search Information page before you start, because, above all, we want to make sure you STAY SAFE.

If you live anywhere near the trail in this area, one thing you can do is check out road crossings for foot prints. And please keep handing out posters; it’s amazing how quickly people forget.

If you need a map of the trail, go to the Continental Divide Trail Coalition’s interactive map.

Thank you to everyone for their support and assistance while we find Otter.

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January 1 Update

As the search continues, we thought it would be easiest if we set up social media in order to communicate with Otter’s family and friends. Here’s the latest update:

We have credible but unconfirmed sightings of Steve in several businesses in Cuba in early December and in Grants on December 10. There have been no sightings since.

We are trying to confirm these sightings. In the meantime, assuming this hiker is Steve, there appear to be three possibilities:

• He is just fine and has bypassed the towns that are off the trail and is heading towards Silver City.

• He is visiting friends somewhere south of Grants.

• He is in trouble somewhere between Grants and the southern terminus.

We are doing a publicity blitz in the area between Grants and the southern terminus. As Silver City is right on the trail, so he is almost certain to pass through it and should be almost there if he wasn’t delayed on the trail, we are making every effort to cover Silver City as thoroughly as possible.

There is still the real possibility that Steve is in trouble somewhere on the trail, most probably somewhere south of Grants if he was, indeed, that hiker, so if people want to search, we are trying to coordinate that as best we can. Please see our Search Information page before you start, because, above all, we want to make sure you STAY SAFE.

Thank you to everyone for their support and assistance while we find Otter.