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Family and friends share stories about missing Michiana doctor


A Michiana Emergency Room doctor has been missing since Friday.  Dr. James McGrogan was hiking with friends in Colorado when he went ahead of the group and never reached the final destination.  Search and rescue crews in the area have spent more than 700 hours since Friday looking for McGrogan.

On Tuesday, FOX28 visited McGrogan's hometown of Chesterton, Indiana.  There, we spoke with McGrogan's father, Bill McGrogan.  He told us it's "a waiting game" right now as he and the rest of the family wait to hear something about his son.  But he added that if anyone can survive this, it's his son.

"He's done a lot," says Bill. "He's run marathons and iron mans and all those things." He said his son James...aka Jimmy...has also spent time alone in an area called the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota.  Bill McGrogan said it's, "total wilderness, you have a map. It's a terrain map. You don't have signs or anything to tell you, so we did that together once. That was fun, but he's done that by himself."

But this is the first time Dr. McGrgan has hiked to Eiseman Hut north of Vail.  McGrogan's dad admits it gets harder to remain positive with each passing day, still with no trace of his son.  "Now, I'm getting really worried cause at first I thought Jimmy, I know him he can do it. He'll get his way out of there, but I dunno. It's been like four or five days. It's getting kinda scary," said Bill.

Bill said the whole ordeal has been hard on the entire family.  "I just wish he was here, wish I could talk to him," he says. "It's just hard to believe."

McGrogan's former classmate Shane Nelson said the same thing.  "I know everybody here that knows him is just kinda stunned, just disbelief."

Nelson and McGrogan attended Chesterton High School together.  McGrogan's picture is still up on the weightlifting hall of fame.   "From what I remember of Jim, he was a hard worker, great lifter, always intense in the weight room, loved being in there," said Nelson.

Nelson said the community is praying for McGrogan's safe return.

His father is praying too.  "What else can I do? I can't give up," said Bill McGrogan.

There are a lot of people not giving up.  Bill said Dr. McGrogan's wife, brother and mother all traveled to Colorado to be there during the search.

We also spoke to neighbors who told us they remember Dr. McGrogan when he was growing up.  They describe him as "a wonderful boy" and said he was their paper boy when he was young. 




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