Police believe they have found body of missing Snowmass Village man
A body discovered Monday under the Maroon Creek Bridge on the outskirts of Aspen may be that of missing Snowmass Village resident George Aldrich.
The body was found by off-duty members of Mountain Rescue Aspen at mid-afternoon in an area that had been previously searched, according to Aspen police. While positive identification of the body has yet to be made, circumstantial evidence suggests it is Aldrich’s body, and his family has been notified of the discovery, police said.
Assistant Aspen Police Chief Bill Linn said Monday evening that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation would likely conduct an overnight investigation in the area where the body was found. He said he did not know the exact location of the discovery.
Aldrich’s family could not be reached by phone Monday. A statement was posted on the website http://www.findgaldrich.com at about 7 p.m. Monday.
“It is with great sadness to report a male body was located under the Maroon [Creek] Bridge on the outskirts of Aspen, Colorado. The family is devastated by the news and is awaiting confirmation through DNA analysis. Aspen PD have reason to believe that the body located is George; however, we are all waiting for the DNA results. Our prayers for George’s family, friends and all who love him during this extremely difficult time,” the statement reads.
A press conference is planned for 11 a.m. today at Aspen Golf Club parking lot.
Aldrich, 28, was reported missing on Nov. 29, when he failed to show up for work as a lift operator for the Aspen Skiing Co. He had been out with friends in Aspen on Saturday night, Nov. 27, and got on a bus at the Rubey Park station in downtown Aspen to head home.
A bus video camera captured him boarding the bus and getting off at Truscott Place on Highway 82, just outside of town. A conversation he had with another passenger suggested he had mistakenly exited the bus at the wrong locale – well before the Brush Creek lot where he would have needed to transfer to a bus to Snowmass Village.
Authorities weren’t sure whether he attempted to walk, hitchhike or catch another bus to his destination, but his disappearance triggered a two-week hunt between Aspen and Snowmass Village, on foot and by air, as well as down the Highway 82 corridor almost to Carbondale. Police called off the field search Friday, after finding no sign of Aldrich.
On Sunday, his family raised the reward for information leading to his discovery from $5,000 to $25,000. His father, two brothers and a family friend were expected to fly back to the Northeast on Monday. Police said that while the family had been notified, it was not known whether they planned to return to Aspen.
The Maroon Creek Bridge is near the Truscott Place bus stop. It carries Highway 82 over the deep gorge cut by the creek.
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