Lost hunter found dead south of Silt
SILT, Colorado – A local hunter who had been missing in the Divide Creek area in eastern Mesa County since Tuesday night was found dead by search and rescue officials late Thursday morning.
The body of Jim McCarthy, 49, of Glenwood Springs, was spotted around 11 a.m. from an Army National Guard helicopter flying in the area of Mosquito Lake, located about 16 miles south of Silt.
“At about the same time, searchers on horseback also saw the missing hunter,” Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said in a press release.
Medical personnel accompanying the search team determined McCarthy was dead. The exact cause of death is still being investigated.
Benjamin said McCarthy’s family has been notified, including his father-in-law, Jose Rodriguez, who was rescued Tuesday night after the pair went missing from their hunting camp.
Rescue personnel are currently working to recover the body. The Mesa County Coroner will likely determine the cause and manner of death, she said.
Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue volunteers from five counties searched all day Wednesday for McCarthy, but efforts were hampered by heavy snow. The search was halted at nightfall and resumed this morning at 7:30 a.m. with 32 rescue personnel.
In addition to Mesa County deputies and search and rescue members, rescue personnel from Garfield, Pitkin, Routt and Vail Mountain Rescue from Eagle County were involved.
The Colorado Army National Guard was initially called to assist on Wednesday, but was unable to join the search due to the weather. The Guard sent two helicopters based in Gypsum and a crew of five Army National Guard members to join the search Thursday morning.
McCarthy and Rodriguez were reported missing by hunters in a neighboring camp at Mosquito Lake around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday as the snowstorm began to intensify. Rodriguez, 65, was found later that night, and was fatigued but did not require medical treatment.
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