Body believed to be that of missing Glenwood man
BASALT – Police say a man’s body was found over the weekend hanging from a tree in Basalt.
Authorities still have not officially identified the body, but published reports quoted an unnamed local law enforcement official as confirming it was that of Glenwood Springs resident Alex Hyatt-Ryan, 22, who had been missing since late September.
Investigators say two boys who were riding their bicycles found the body in a wooded area near Basalt’s Fairview Cemetery on Saturday.
“Basalt Police officers responded to the area and located the body of an adult male,” according to a press release issued early Sunday morning. “The male was hanging from a tree in the wooded area approximately 100 yards from the end of the roadway.”
The family of the victim has apparently been notified, but the identity of the male was being withheld pending completion of an autopsy by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office today.
Hyatt-Ryan was a Basalt High School graduate, but had been living in Glenwood Springs. He was last seen in Glenwood Springs before heading to his job at Hogback Pizza in New Castle on Sept. 25.
His car was found Oct. 4 at the Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course parking lot near Carbondale. Glenwood Springs police said at the time that the car had been there about a week.
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