8,000+ acre search continues in Baca County for missing Broomfield camper


UPDATE: Divers have recovered the body in a pond behind the dam at the Two Buttes Reservoir State Wildlife Area, ending the four-day search for the missing camper. Todd Marriott, CPW area wildlife manager for the Lamar region, said, “This is a tragedy and we offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to be injured jumping from the cliffs into the Black Hole.”

If the individual’s death is confirmed to be a drowning, it will be the 17th recreational drowning.

UPDATE: The Baca County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the Two Buttes Wildlife Area will be closed to the public until further notice, both on the reservoir side and the Black Hole area.

Entry roads into the Black Hole will be marked as CLOSED. Failure to observe the closures or destruction of the closure devices will result in prosecution.

Friday marks five days since Bartholomew went missing while camping at Two Buttes Reservoir.

UPDATE: CPW is now using underwater drones in Blake Hole Pond.

ORIGNAL: BACA COUNTY, Colo. — At least 100 people are searching for a Broomfield man who went missing while camping Sunday night at Two Buttes Reservoir State Wildlife Area.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Southeast (SE) Region, Eben Bartholomew, 28, was last seen at Two Buttes Reservoir, about 40 miles south of Lamar, on Aug. 29.

Eben Bartholomew; photo courtesy of Baca County Sheriff’s Office

According to the Baca County Sheriff’s Office, Bartholomew never returned to his campsite where his vehicle, cellphone, and wallet were located. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and black tropical print shorts.

Bartholomew’s friends told authorities they saw a large group of people swimming in a pond below a nearby dam and jumping from cliffs late Sunday.

In a series of tweets, CPW said over 100 people are searching the 8,533-acre wildlife area, both on land and water.

The CPW Marine Evidence Recovery Team (MERT), family, friends, CPW staff, the Baca County Sheriff’s Office, and volunteer firefighters are all involved. A drone has also been utilized.

Picture courtesy of the CPW SE Region

If you have any information regarding Bartholomew’s whereabouts, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife or the Baca County Sheriff’s Office.

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