Man with North Dakota ties missing after going for run in Colorado

He went for a run at the La Playa Canyon on Saturday morning, Oct. 1 and has not been heard from since.

David Lunde
David Lunde is pictured in this Herald file photo. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service
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DURANGO, Colo. – There is still no trace of man with North Dakota ties who went missing after going for a run in the La Plata Mountains in Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 1.

David Lunde, 29, is the son of Marybeth and Nathan Lunde, who live in Cooperstown, North Dakota. Lunde lives on a ranch in Durango, Colorado.

According to The Durango Herald , Lunde’s vehicle was found “parked at the trailhead to Madden Peak.” He planned to run the La Plata “Enchilada," “a route that covers a loop of 20 to 40 miles that navigates around the summits of Madden, Gibbs and Parrott peaks,” the newspaper reported.

The Durango Herald reported that Lunde anticipated the run to only last a few hours, but he did not return. The newspaper said a friend called Lunde’s parents early Sunday to express his concerns, as Lunde was supposed to move cattle Saturday evening and never did. Lunde’s parents contacted the police and flew to Colorado soon after this phone call.

Many groups have gone out to search for Lunde, including the La Plata County Search and Rescue, the La Plata County Mounted Patrol, members of the Durango Running Club and Lunde’s friends. Rain, snow and hail have impacted their search efforts.


Lunde’s sister, Kaia Lunde Berggren, created a public Facebook group on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for her missing brother. The group, titled “David Lunde’s Prayer Warriors," already has more than 1,800 members and 168 posts. There are members from more than 10 states, and even some from Canada.

In Berggrren’s most recent post, she said the search and rescue crews rested Thursday, Oct. 6, and planned to continue their search the next morning on Friday, Oct. 7.

Another post says teams of dogs would be sent to search for any sign of Lunde on Friday as well.

Lunde previously served as the Griggs County tax equalization director. A 2018 story by AgWeek highlighted Lunde's travels when he had recently returned home back to his family home and ranch in Cooperstown.

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