Search on for missing man


By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs Police Department (PSPD) is on the lookout for a man who was last seen on Oct. 16 and reported missing on Oct. 19.

According to PSPD Detective Boyd Neagle, Micheal James Kroll was last seen around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, with the last communication from Kroll coming just before 8 p.m.

Neagle noted that Kroll also didn’t show up for a job he was going to do for a local couple that Sunday.

On Monday, Oct. 18, Kroll’s phone was found in the construction zone on U.S. 160 near Colo. 151, and early Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, his dog was found in Bayfield, Neagle explained.

Kroll was reported missing on Oct. 19, Neagle said.

“That’s when we began looking for him,” he said.

Neagle explained that Kroll, believed to be 41, is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches and 140 pounds. He has long brown hair, hazel eyes and a tattoo on one shoulder that says “mad” and depicts the Mad Hatter, with the hat of the Mad Hatter on the M.

Neagle indicated local hospitals and facilities were checked.

And, since Kroll’s phone was found near U.S. 160 and Colo. 151, Neagle explained that, on Sunday, Oct. 24, the PSPD, Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office and Southern Ute rangers searched tribal land in the area.

Nothing was located and the investigation is continuing, he reported.

Neagle also noted the community has been “amazing” helping to find Kroll, who has also been listed in the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Anyone with information is asked to call Neagle at (970) 264-4151, ext. 241.