Weather hampering search for missing firefighter

Posted at: 09/02/2013 10:23 PM | Updated at: 09/03/2013 9:14 AM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The search for a missing U.S. Forest Service firefighter in the Jemez Mountains continues.

Token Adams disappeared Friday after going out on an ATV to size up a wildfire's perimeter.

For more than 250 search and rescue crew members, this holiday weekend was spent scouring rough terrain for any sign of their lost colleague.

The terrain itself is tough enough. It's wooded, it's mountainous and there are steep cliffs. To make matters worse, the weather severely hampered all search efforts.

Crews went out Monday morning ready to find Adams. Many of those searching for him are more than search crew members--they're also his friends.

Agencies from all over New Mexico joined the search party, but it rained for hours, causing dirt roads to turn to mud and creating delays at a time when every second counts.

A crew from Corrales told KOB Eyewitness News 4 their mission got derailed because they spent so much time towing a van out of mud, they never even it made it to the area they were assigned to search.

The 4-wheelers were put away for the night and many of the volunteers returned home.

Tonight, crews may have returned with empty hands, but they haven't lost hope.

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