Family of missing Catskill native holds out hope of rescue

June 22, 2017 11:39 PM

CATSKILL – The family of a man missing on a Russian mountain for a week is still holding out hope he will be found alive. Steven Beare grew up in Catskill and now lives in Colorado. But his family still lives here and is raising money to continue the search on one of the world’s tallest mountains.


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Steven Beare is a police officer, National Guard soldier, and experienced climber. His family is hoping that experience is keeping him alive in one of the world’s harshest environments.


“Steven is the type of guy that would really do anything that anyone would ever ask of them,” said Joseph Rothrock. He’s known Beare most of his life. Their families grew up together in Catskill. Beare married Rothrock’s sister and was also in his wedding last year. “I always look forward to being around him because I always know that he can make me smile, make me laugh, really have a great time,” said Rothrock.


Beare wants to climb each of the world’s seven highest peaks. He summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015, Mount Elbrus in Russia was his second. But a surprise storm dumped four feet of snow on his way to the summit, and he hasn’t been heard from since. “He did bring provisions for food, three days, and he also has a water filtration system,” said Rothrock.


Russian crews have attempted to search for him, but have been stopped by more bad weather. Now the family is funding a private search, and they’re asking for help to bring Beare back home. “I’m trying very hard to have faith and believe in miracles because I’m not ready to give up so I’m just hoping that he makes it,” said Olivia Beare, Steven’s wife.


“Please spread the word, please think of us in your prayers, warm thoughts, all around,” said Rothrock. “I really just hope everyone stays positive and Steven can return home.”


Steven’s family has set up a Facebook page so people can stay up to date with the latest on the search. You can get to that page by clicking this link.


Here is the link to donate to the private search fund.


Ben Amey

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