Two Bradley County officers have returned from Colorado where they participated in the search for a missing Cleveland man.
Sheriff Eric Watson said Lt. Brian Quinn and Detective Kevin Chastain of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office arrived in Conejos County, Colo., early last week to assist in the search for Cleveland resident Joe Keller.
Keller, 19, was last seen when he and a friend, Colin Gwaltney, went for a run along a road in the Conejos Canyon. Gwaltney ran on ahead, then upon backtracking their route, Keller was gone from the road.
Quinn and Chastain worked closely with family members of Keller and Conejos County authorities during their stay.
Assisted by Colorado State Police and K-9 teams, the Bradley County officers searched the area of the Rainbow Trout Lodge and the vicinity to the east of that location. No new evidence was uncovered during that search.
Both Quinn and Chastain reported satisfactory cooperation with Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez Jr., his officers and staff, as well as members of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Colorado State police.
Sheriff Watson said, "We will continue to gather any information locally that might assist Colorado authorities in the search for Joe Keller."
A reward for information leading to Joe's safe return has increased from $10,000 to $50,000. The new amount was posted on the "Find Joe Keller" Facebook page set up and managed by Joe's friends and relatives.