A missing-persons report on two former Tolono residents now living in Colorado has become an investigation into a fatal accident.
Friends and family of Ronald Lee Mohr, 59, of Silver Cliff, Colo., reported around 3 p.m. Wednesday that he and a friend, Richard William Koester, 36, of Westcliffe, Colo., had not been seen since Oct. 11.
The two men were believed to be in a green 1986 Ford F250 pickup truck heading north to Cripple Creek, Colo., from Canon City, Colo.
"It was very unusual for no one to have seen or heard from them," said Capt. Don Pinover of the Fremont County, Colo., sheriff's office.
After his office put out a media alert Thursday morning, Pinover said, an accident was discovered on Colorado Highway 50 within an hour.
A state highway worker discovered the wrecked truck, which was behind an embankment. State police were called at 10:13 a.m. Thursday
"You couldn't see it driving by," Pinover said. "He (the highway worker) was sitting up high in a backhoe and saw it; otherwise who knows how long they would have been there."
Mr. Mohr was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Koester is hospitalized in Colorado Springs.
"I don't know how long they had been there," Pinover said. "Someone on the scene said Mr. Koester was conscious at the time and said he had been there for days."
According to a press release from the Colorado State Patrol, the Ford F250 truck was westbound near milepost 273 when Mr. Mohr, who was driving, lost control, causing the truck to cross the eastbound lane. The truck went off of the south side of the road and became airborne before striking a dirt embankment. The truck came to rest in a ravine.
Neither Mr. Mohr nor Koester was wearing a seat belt.
Trooper Michael Tafoya of the Colorado State Patrol said there is "no indication" that alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident. The state police are continuing to investigate.