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Boulder PD News Release: Public's help wanted to locate missing CU student

June 22, 2012

Below is a Boulder Police Department news release. For media inquiries, please contact Kim Kobel, Boulder Police, 303-441-3370.

University of Colorado student missing; Boulder police ask for public assistance

Search efforts are underway west of Boulder for a 19-year-old University of Colorado student who has been missing since June 17, 2012.

Police found Nicholas Marc Valore’s vehicle parked at the NCAR parking lot last night, after they were notified that Valore might be missing. There are no signs of foul play.

A classmate of Valore’s contacted University of Colorado police late yesterday afternoon to report that he hadn’t seen Valore in classes this week. He was concerned because it was unlike Valore to miss class. CU police were able to locate Valore’s 2004 blue Audi TT Roadster at NCAR, a favorite hiking area of Valore’s. Because NCAR is in the city’s jurisdiction, CU police contacted Boulder police, who are conducting the investigation.

Police contacted Valore’s roommate and Valore’s family members, and no one has heard from him since Father’s Day.

Valore is an avid hiker, and usually wears cargo shorts, a T-shirt and a bright-colored hoodie while hiking. He also carries a black, JanSport backpack. Police have searched Valore’s residence, and it appears that he took some of his hiking gear with him. The hiking gear and clothing was not found in the car.

Search and rescue teams have been looking in the foothills west of NCAR for any sign of Valore. He has been known to hike in the “bouldering” area west of NCAR, and also likes an area known as Mallory Cave. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the search effort with assistance from Rocky Mountain Rescue, Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks rangers and Front Range Rescue Dogs.

A photo of Nicholas Valore is attached. Police are asking anyone who may have seen Valore hiking near NCAR or who may have been in contact with him to call police Dispatch at 303.441.3333.