Man missing from Buffalo Creek area found safe in Colorado Springs

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By Corinne Westeman

The man missing from a Buffalo Creek-area campsite has been found safe in Colorado Springs.

Travis Dickson, 22, was camping with his sister and brother-in-law near Forest Road 552 and the Buck Gulch Trail this past weekend. According to Jeffco Sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, Dickson got into a disagreement with his sister and walked away from the campsite Sunday around 6:15 p.m.

His sister and brother-in-law followed Dickson a short ways before losing sight of him. They continued looking for him for about an hour before contacting authorities.

During the search, as many as 41 rescuers and law enforcement officers looked for him in and around the Pike National Forest, where he was last seen, in addition to two Flight for Life Colorado searches.

On Tuesday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide alert for Dickson.

A woman reported to authorities that she had given Dickson a ride Monday night to a homeless shelter in Colorado Springs, Fulton confirmed. The woman had picked Dickson up in Manitou Springs.

The woman didn't realize Dickson was missing until Tuesday afternoon, and then she called law enforcement, Fulton said. It's unclear how he made his way to Manitou Springs in that time, but investigators believe he walked parts of the way and got rides from one or multiple other drivers, Fulton added.

Dickson, who is developmentally disabled, and his family members were visiting the Buffalo Creek area from out-of-state, Fulton added.

This is a developing story. The Courier will provide updates as more information becomes available.