Littleton police officer is missing on Russian mountain; Mike Coffman to meet with ambassador

Elbrus from mount Shatgatmaz, Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia.
It is the highest mountain in Europe and Russia. (Konstantin Malanchev/Flickr/Creative Commons)
Elbrus from mount Shatgatmaz, Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia. It is the highest mountain in Europe and Russia. (Konstantin Malanchev/Flickr/Creative Commons)
Mount Elbrus from Mount Shatgatmaz, Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia. (Konstantin Malanchev/Flickr/Creative Commons)

MOSCOW — The Russian Emergencies Ministry says the search for a missing American climber has been hampered by adverse weather on Russia’s highest peak.

Steven Beare, a police officer from Littleton, Colorado, went missing while climbing Russia’s Mount Elbrus on June 16. Mount Elbrus’ summit is 18,510 feet.

The regional branch of the emergencies ministry said rescuers have been searching for Beare, but the effort has been repeatedly suspended due to bad weather. Officials resumed the search Wednesday only to halt it again a few hours later when weather worsened again. The ministry said Thursday it has been suspended since then.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman said he will meet with the Russian ambassador Friday. He has asked the Russian ambassador for all possible help in finding Beare.