Searchers and family have quietly moved on after the unsuccessful search for James Nelson, a 31-year-old Chicago hiker who was reported missing in Colorado's Holy Cross Wilderness last week.
His family was not talking to local or national media to publicize his case, Shannon Cordingly, a spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
The search was called off Tuesday after no trace of Nelson had been found.
"We have no clues," Sheriff Joe Hoy told the Vail Daily newspaper. "There's nothing on the ground."
The search was suspended until some evidence of Nelson turns up in the area. His fiancee reported him overdue from his 25-mile, five-day hike on Oct. 8.
The Vail Daily reported that Hoy took Nelson's family and friends to the deck at Vail's Adventure Ridge on Tuesday, where they looked out over the Holy Cross Wilderness where Nelson disappeared.
Nelson is the director of official roster records at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Chicago office. A chapel service was held there to pray for Nelson on Wednesday.
"We understand there comes a time when a search like this has to stop," church spokesman John Brooks told the Vail Daily.
The paper said Nelson had never before hiked in Eagle County.
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