Missing runner found by dog walker

Woman spent evening in mountains only with her running gear

A runner who became lost and spent Monday night in the mountains in the Red Creek area east of Durango was found Tuesday, none the worse for wear.

A person walking a dog heard a call for help about noon Tuesday in the Red Creek area and alerted Colvig Silver Camps, which formed the initial search party late Monday.

Marla Luckey, 31, who recently moved to Durango from Michigan, spent the night with only her running gear, Dan Bender, a La Plata County Sheriff’s spokesman, said.

Luckey sat down, pulled her knees to her chest and then covered herself with her jersey, Bender said.

“She was cold but in good health,” Bender said.

Searchers from the La Plata County Office of Emergency Management, La Plata County Search and Rescue and the La Plata County Mounted Patrol took over from Colvig Silver Camps personnel.

The teams spent the night looking in four drainages for Luckey, whose friends had expected her back from a run in the early afternoon.

Luckey had left about 11 a.m. Her friends alerted authorities about 7 p.m.

Butch Knowlton, director of emergency preparedness for La Plata County, said Luckey’s car was found at the end of County Road 246 behind Colvig Silver Camp.

Searchers combed four drainages Monday night and continued the search Tuesday on Missionary Ridge, First Fork, Shearer Creek and Stevens Creek trails, Knowlton said.

Caution is advisable when venturing into the mountains, Bender said.

“It may not be your intention to be out overnight,” Bender said. “But just in case, it’s handy to have extra clothing even if it’s lightweight.”

Even runners should be able to find something not too cumbersome, Bender said.

daler@durangoherald.com