SAN LUIS — Almost 10 days have passed since an experienced woodsman went missing near San Luis, and now that authorities have called off their official search for him, his family members are turning to the community for its help.
Anyone who may have any information about Louis DeHerrera’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office at 672-3302, or 672-0673.
The 44-year-old man and his nephew went for a drive in the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Aug. 3.
At some point late in the day, DeHerrera’s nephew got out of the car to look for elk horns on the Cielo Vista Ranch, according to his niece, Tori Vigil.
DeHerrera was supposed to stay in the vehicle, but when his nephew returned, he was gone, she said.
The sheriff’s office, along with search and rescue teams, U.S. Forest Service personnel and numerous volunteers, spent all of last week looking for DeHerrera.
But that effort came to a close on Aug. 9. The search team is now down to family members and volunteers, and they’re seeking any leads that might guide them toward the missing man.
According to Vigil, DeHerrera was last seen wearing a pair of shorts and a white tank top. He was not carrying any warm clothing or camping gear with him, and authorities are worried that he could be suffering from hypothermia.
In the time since his disappearance, it has snowed once, hailed twice and rained every day on the mountain.
Family members and officials are also concerned that DeHerrera may have injured himself, or possibly encountered bears on the mountain.
Vigil described her uncle as a pretty good woodsman and an avid hunter, and she said that he knows the terrain really well. However, he was not carrying any weapons with him, she said.
The sheriff’s office could not be reached for additional comment.