Family holds onto hope of finding missing Air Force Academy cadet candidate

Search efforts for Micah Tice

Another day with no clues as the search continues for missing an Air Force Academy cadet candidate, meanwhile, his family is holding onto hope. 

Twenty-year-old Micah Tice first went missing the Saturday after Thanksgiving. His car was found the following Monday at the Longs Peak Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park.

For more than a week now, search and rescue teams have been looking for Tice, getting some aerial help from two Colorado National Guard helicopters from Buckley Air Force Base.

The only new clue coming in was from some park visitors who say they hiked with Tice for a bit on November 24 and last saw him as visibility and weather conditions worsened.

In a Skype session with Denver’s FOX 21 KDVR, Tice’s mother Janice said details from those fellow hikers are very telling of who her son is. 

“One of the men said, ‘Boy it’s really cold out here. I’m really cold.’ So Micah is in sweatpants and a sweat jacket and tennis shoes and he says, ‘Oh, I’ve got an extra sweatshirt in my backpack. Do you want it?’ That’s Micah. Micah is a giver,” said Janice Tice. 

Janice describes her son as a man of strong faith, saying the support she’s seen during this tough time is helping her to stay strong. 

Janice said, “Just the love. That’s wonderful. That’s just wonderful. It’s more than words can say and I want to say thanks.”

Anyone who has been in the Longs Peak area since Saturday, November 24 or who might have had contact with Tice regarding his planned route on Longs Peak are asked to call Rocky Mountain National Park at 970-586-1204.

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