Littleton policeman Steve Beare has been missing since June 16. Last week, Russian authorities called off a search on the nation’s highest mountain due to weather. File photo
BY PETER JONES
In the wake of the announcement last week by Russian authorities that the search for a missing Littleton police officer had been suspended, Police Chief Doug Stephens has thanked “those from the Littleton community and everyone around the world for their physical, financial and emotional support during the search.”
On June 16, Officer Steven Beare was climbing Mount Elbrus, Russia’s highest peak, when he was reported missing. The Russian Emergencies Ministry said the search was hampered by bad weather. At press time, there was no new information on Beare’s whereabouts.
According to an announcement by the City of Littleton, Beare’s wife Olivia was notified that search operations were to “scale back” last week.
In a statement, she expressed thankfulness to the local community.
“I want to express my gratitude for the many ways my family has been helped and encouraged. These difficult times have been eased by so many acts of kindness,” Olivia said in a statement.
A nongovernmental search led by an American citizen was to continue “day by day,” Olivia wrote on her Facebook page.
“Life itself, as I know it, is looking extremely bleak …” she wrote.
In another post, Olivia, who is 11 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child, said she is still hopeful that her husband will make it home.
“I just want you all to know that I am not giving up,” she wrote. “… I believe he is alive out there somewhere hanging on by a very, very thin thread.”
The family has requested their privacy be respected.
On June 21, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman asked the Russian ambassador for all possible help in finding Beare.
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