Jan 8, 2013 - From staff reportsA trail of blood was discovered Sunday afternoon along the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail near Union Pass, but investigators don't know where it came from.
Officials said they have not received reports of anyone missing or injured in the area, and they do not have concrete evidence that the blood is even human. Regardless, they said the case is under investigation "given the totality of the circumstances."
"Someone located what appeared to be a large amount of blood near the route," Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said Monday.
"The suspected blood then trailed away for a considerable distance along the route."
Members of the Fremont County Search and Rescue Dubois Division happened to be in the area conducting a training exercise, and they tracked the blood trail for some distance before it disappeared.
It reportedly led them along the snowmobile route toward the Line Shack Lodge.
In initial reports, which came in at about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, the search and rescue volunteers seemed to disagree about the amount of blood visible on the trail. According to dispatchers, one volunteer said, "It is a nose bleed, not a crime scene."
Ten minutes later, another person was recorded as saying, "It is dark red blood, it is not a nose bleed, it looks like it is an arterial."
People recreating nearby said they didn't see anything unusual.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the FCSO tip line at 1-800-442-8477.
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