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UPDATE: Search for missing St. Joseph Co. doctor suspended for now

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Dr. James McGrogan (Courtesy Eagle Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Dr. James McGrogan (Courtesy Eagle Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
The area around Eiseman Hut The area around Eiseman Hut

Police are suspending the search for a missing doctor from Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center due to inclement whether in the area.  Dr. James McGrogan became separated from his hiking group Friday morning while vacationing near Vail, Colorado.  He has not been seen since.

Dr. McGrogan joined the SJRMC staff in February.  He is a partner of Valley Emergency Physicians.

"We ask that you say a special prayer for Dr. McGrogan, his wife, family and the devoted rescue personnel searching for him," said SJRMC in a written statement on Monday.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Department in Colorado told FOX28 News that Dr. McGrogan was in a group of four people hiking towards Eiseman Hut just north Vail early Friday morning.  Around 10:00am, the group decided to take a break, but Dr. McGrogan continued on.  When they reached the hut, McGrogan was not there.

McGrogan had a large pack with food, water, basic medical supplies, a sleeping bag, avalanche beacon, GPS and warm clothing.

Four search and rescue teams on the ground and two helicopters have been searching for the missing doctor since receiving the call at 5:30pm on Friday.  Search efforts will continue into the evening and are expected to resume Tuesday morning.

Jessie Mosher with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office said right now they are operating their search thinking Dr. McGrogan is still alive.  She added that McGrogan does have a cell phone, but at this time, it is inactive. "It could be due to cell service," she said. "It's a very rural, mountainous area."

The sheriff's office said hopefully the full incident report will be released Tuesday.  They said when it's an incident as large scale as this, it takes a few days to get all of the officers information together in one report.

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