The search for an Aurora man who disappeared after playing at Central City Casino extends into week four

Police officers in two counties are looking for a 65-year-old Aurora man who was last seen at a Black Hawk casino on July 30th.

Jose Aranda left his home on July 30th on the 3500 block on South Fairplay Way to visit Gilpin County casinos, which he routinely did, according to Matthew Longshore, a spokesman for the Aurora Police Department. His family reported him missing when he did not return home.

A US Forest Service ranger found Aranda’s car on Aug. 6, but nothing of Aranda was in sight, said Cherokee Blake, Gilpin County sheriff’s spokeswoman, Cherokee Blake. The Gilpin County Alpine Search and Rescue team and a Jefferson County team were looking for Aranda.

“You didn’t make anything up,” said Blake.

Aranda’s last known whereabouts were in a casino, which he left at around 8 p.m. on July 30th. He withdrew cash from a Wells Fargo on South Sable Avenue in Aurora before heading to the mountain casino town, Longshore said. He also left his cell phone at home that day, which the family said was unusual.

“It’s strange that we found his vehicle on a dirt road about 13 miles outside of Black Hawk and he didn’t show up,” he said.

Authorities said the family was not aware of any intellectual disabilities or drug abuse, and the police even looked into his betting habits that day and found nothing out of the ordinary, Blake said.

She described the disappearance as confusing.

Anyone with information on Aranda’s whereabouts or seen him in casinos that day can call the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office at 303-582-1061, ext. 1. 1347 or Aurora Police at 303-739-6041 or Metro Denver Crimestoppers at 720-913-7867.

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