The NEOWISE comet above Colorado National Monument Conrad Earnest via AP

The NEOWISE comet above Colorado National Monument. Photo Credit: Conrad Earnest via AP

UPDATE: Conrad Earnest has been found and is deceased. Additional details here.

A photographer named Conrad Earnest, 62, is reportedly missing after leaving his home in Grand Junction, Colorado on Sunday, July 19 to photograph the NEOWISE comet. He is reported to have been driving a white 2015 Nissan Pathfinder. It is suspected that he was headed out on trails somewhere along the Western Slope of Colorado or the Moab area.

Our team is currently working to track down additional details of the case with local authorities. According to a family member, the man has been reported missing to authorities and a search has been started. The same family member also indicated that Earnest's phone has been inactive for multiple days.

Earnest is an avid photographer that specializes in night photography. He recently took a NEOWISE comet photo in the Grand Junction area that was featured by the Associated Press and the New York Times. See more of Earnest's photography here.

If you know anything that could help lead to this man's discovery, please contact the Grand Junction Police non-emergency dispatch line at 970-242-6707.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. He also writes about outdoor recreation, travel news, and more. In his spare time, he loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike.


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