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Rocky Mountain News: Columnists
Jerry Rhea has a thriving business he let someone else run Thursday while he was on the search of his life. Rhea, 56, of Broomfield, was driving side roads in north-central Colorado, hoping to find his friend, Ted Frahm, who has been missing a week.
We're like brothers," Rhea
, Frahm, David Thongren, Bob Elliott and a few others are so tight they call themselves "The Brotherhood." Rhea
owns Quality Paving.He
general manager in charge so he
"I can't sit there any longer," Rhea
said."It's driving me nuts."
Frahm generally called his family with a daily report, said his son, Monty, who with his brother, Ryan, was splitting up the search area with Rhea
"At this point, we'll do anything we can," Rhea
said Frahm doesn't fit the profile of someone who would just take off.
was probably the happiest guy in the world," Rhea
"I think he
got himself in trouble - ran off the road and into a gulley," Rhea
and Frahm met at Broomfield High School
"I was a sophomore when he
was a freshman," Rhea
They were on the wrestling and football teams.
The friendship endured through broken relationships and the antics of pain-in-the-neck teenagers.
was always there for me whenever I needed him," Rhea
was one of the most personable people I've ever known in my life.He
would talk to anyone.If he
camped, he'd know everyone in that campground."
They once were business partners, founding Quality Paving together.Later, Rhea
bought out Frahm.
Frahm had asked Rhea
to join him on this trip, but Rhea's daughter was in town for a visit.
"They're passing out fliers in Granby," Rhea