Missing Person Reward Offered for TN Teen Missing in Colorado

Authorities in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley say they will continue searching into the weekend for a 19-year-old Tennessean missing since July 23.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the safe return of Joseph Keller, of Cleveland, Tenn. He was on a cross-country road trip with friends when he went for a jog in Conejos County the afternoon of July 23 and has not been seen since.

“This is still an active search for a missing person,” Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez said Wednesday in a statement. “There are many different possible scenarios for what could have happened. At this point we are not ruling anything out.”

Galvez has said he is hopeful Keller will be found alive.


Officials say they have not ruled out foul play in the teen’s disappearance.

Keller was last seen west of the town of Antonito, about 285 miles southwest of Denver.

The search has included ground and air units, including an aircraft with heat and infrared sensors. Authorities say rough, mountainous terrain has complicated their efforts.

Anyone with information on the teen’s whereabouts is asked to call 719-376-6778.

Joe Keller of Cleveland, Tenn.

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