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Family holds fundraiser for missing Catskill native

July 15, 2017 11:11 PM

CATSKILL – Family and friends of a missing Capital Region native lost on a mountain in Russia held a fundraiser Thursday night in Catskill. Steven Beare grew up in Catskill and the Colorado police officer has been missing on Mount Elbrus in Russia since June 14th. His family says they’re continuing to raise funds so they can bring him back home.

“Everyone seems to be coming out and wanting to help us raise money so it’s just, it’s awesome,” said Meghan Rothrock, Beare’s sister-in-law.

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“He hadn’t lived here in a while, but these are people that knew him growing up,” said Beare’s aunt, Diane Gotebiowski. “These are people that know his family. And he means something to each and every person that has come out and that is here.”

Ever since Steven Beare went missing on Mount Elbrus back on June 14th, the community has been raising money to fund a private search for him. “It’s been very much a community effort to support the family and bring him home,” said John Gotebiowski, Beare’s uncle.

But those searches are expensive. A single hour with a helicopter on the mountain costs more than $2,000. His family and friends sold bracelets to benefit the search and restaurants chipped in as well. The goal is to raise $100,000 by August to fund a search to bring Steven’s body home off the mountain once the snow melts.

“Any money that is extra, they started a non-profit that’s called Climbing for Beare, to help with any future American climbers that go missing, to be able to help with them,” said Rothrock.

But Steven’s family continues to hold out hold for a miracle. His Aunt Diane has worn a bear pendant with a lifeline running through it every day since he went missing. She’ll continue to do so until he comes home. “He believed in service, he gave back,” said Diane Gotebiowski. “He was just so easy going, he was easy to talk to. You just had to love him.”

The family is also thanking the community for their incredible support over the past month. “Everybody loved Steven that knew him,” said John Gotebiowski. “He was very popular in the community. And we do want to see him come home.”

If you’d like to donate to the search, you can click this link.

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