Udall Brother Missing for Six Days

July 2, 2013
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James "Randy" Udall, 61, was to return from a week-long solo hiking expedition in the Wind River Range last Wednesday

James “Randy” Udall, 61, was to return from a week-long solo hiking expedition last Wednesday

WASHINGTON — A younger brother of Sen. Mark Udall  (D-Colo.) has been missing in the remote mountains of west-central Wyoming for six days.

James “Randy” Udall, 61, was to return from a week-long solo hiking expedition in the Wind River Range last Wednesday. Federal, state, and local authorities began searching for him Friday afternoon, according to a statement from the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office in Pinedale, Wyoming on Monday.

The authorities searching for Udall include the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office and Teton County Search and Rescue. They passed out fliers of a smiling, bushy-haired Udall that stated, “Have You Seen Him?” The statement described Udall as an experienced hiker familiar with the Wind River Mountains.

The Wind River Range encompasses 2.25 million acres and contains 35 named peaks over 13,000 feet, according to visitpinedale.org, a tourism website for Pinedale.  The area is popular with backpackers for its mountains and wildlife, which include moose, elk, deer, black and Grizzly bears, wolves, and bald eagles.

A resident of Carbondale, Colorado, Udall is well known in environmentalist circles. He is the former director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, an Aspen-based organization that succeeded in passing a local renewable energy tax.

Sen. Udall, 62, is the oldest of six children of the late Rep. Morris “Mo” Udall (D-Ariz.).  Randy is the next closest in age.

Udall,  who may walk with a limp because of a previous hip surgery, is 6’4″ and weighs 200 pounds.

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