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Authorities seek help finding La Plata County man missing for two months

Luke Starling walked out of his home Feb. 6 and hasn’t been seen since, Sheriff’s Office says

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating an 18-year-old La Plata County man who has been missing for two months.

Luke Starling walked away from the back deck of his home on Panorama Drive in the Rafter J subdivision southwest of Durango about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and has not been seen since, said La Plata County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chris Burke.

“It’s not like him, according to those that know him, to just walk away like this,” Burke said.

Immediately after Starling went missing, authorities conducted a search in the area. Another search was conducted Feb. 29 along with the La Plata County Search and Rescue team, a K-9 unit and a drone.

Both searches turned up no evidence, Burke said. Foul play is not suspected, he said.

Starling also reportedly left his wallet at home, so investigators can’t track any possible credit card activity. Investigators have also found nothing in Starling’s phone records.

It remains unclear why Starling left his home, Burke said. His roommates told investigators they checked on Starling that day and nothing appeared wrong.

Starling was working two jobs at local restaurants. His family is from California, Burke said, and has no knowledge of Starling’s disappearance.

Starling is described as Native American, 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his right wrist and scars on both left and right arms. He was last seen wearing a blue and brown-checkered shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

Burke said Starling is listed as a missing person in the nationwide database. Anyone with information about Starling’s whereabouts is asked to call (970) 382-7018.


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