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Three weeks after Littleton police officer Steven Beare went missing while hiking in Russia, his wife shared a Facebook post about the fate of her husband.“I know in my heart Steven passed away last week,” Olivia Beare, of Highlands Ranch, wrote on a page called "Search for Steven" that has more than 6,000 members from across the world. “I have not lost hope or faith. I just know my love has left and I've known for a long time.”Steven Beare, 32, was ascending his first solo climb on Mount Elbrus, the tallest summit in Russia, when a whiteout blizzard hit. He was confirmed missing on June 16 when he did not return to his check-in point on the mountain. Teams led by Russian personnel and professional climber Don Bowie, of Canada, halted their searches after several days because of resources and weather conditions. Bowie then traveled to Colorado, where he met with the Littleton Police Department and Olivia Beare.“We discussed our phase two plan,” Olivia Beare wrote in the July 7 Facebook post. “Phase one is search and rescue, phase two is search and recover.”Steven Beare, a Colorado National Guardsman and former United States Army scout, was an avid climber and adventurer. His goal was to climb the highest summit on each of the seven continents, which includes Europe's Mount Elbrus at 18,510 feet.Olivia and Steven Beare were high school sweethearts and they recently moved to Highlands Ranch from Roxborough. They have a 20-month-old son and Olivia is 13 weeks pregnant with their second child.She asks the public for continued donations, as she hopes search teams will return to Russia when the snow melts in early August to bring her husband home. Donations can be made through Colorado Police Officers Foundation, at coloradopolicefoundation.org/search-for-steven. If the website for donations changes, it will be posted on the "Search for Steven" Facebook page.Steven Beare was doing something he was incredibly passionate about, Olivia Beare wrote.“And I will continue that passion in our babies' lives for him, forever.”
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