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Missing hiker found dead

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Rescue workers found the body of missing hiker on Quandary Peak shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday. The 31-year old man from Missouri was dead when rescuers found him; he had been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

The man, who had been vacationing in Breckenridge with his family, embarked on a short day hike from the Blue Lakes Trail head Wednesday morning. When his family had not heard from him by 5:30 p.m. that evening they alerted search and rescue.

“We had 10 teams on the mountain Wednesday and we couldn’t find anything,” Summit County Search and Rescue public information officer Anna DeBatiste said.



Summit County Search and Rescue teams called for statewide mutual aid on Thursday to assist in the search, and rescuers from Mesa and Garfield counties arrived at the scene mid-morning.

A rescue helicopter from the High Altitude Training Center of the Army National Guard also assisted in searching the area.



“According to his family, this guy was an experienced hiker and he had summited Quandary before,” DeBatiste said. “He knew what he was doing, so we don’t know what happened.”

Quandary is the highest peak in the Tenmile Range, and trails are rated for experienced to advanced climbers.

On June 13, climber Dan Heim survived a harrowing fall down the steep Monte Christo couloir route on Quandary peak.

It took rescue workers three hours to lower Heim down the rock face, and the climber was taken by a Flight-for-Life helicopter to a hospital in Denver.

Heim sustained a broken arm, head wounds, and a broken neck.


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