Physique of lacking hiker is present in San Juan Mountains


The physique of a hiker, a Denver man reported lacking Sunday night, has been discovered within the San Juan Mountains.
Offered by Hinsdale County Sheriff's OfficeBen Brownlee.
Ben Brownlee, 26, is presumed lifeless after a physique matching his description was noticed from a helicopter at about 5 p.m. Tuesday in Hinsdale County close to Lake Metropolis, in response to the sheriff’s workplace.
The physique, found about 100 ft beneath a steep, rocky ridge southeast of Cooper Creek Peak, was recognized by pals, the sheriff’s workplace stated in a information launch. The ridge runs between Cooper Creek Path and Silver Creek Path off of County Street 30.
His household has been notified. Restoration operations are underway.
A seek for Brownlee started Monday morning after he was reported overdue, at about midnight Sunday, from a solo climbing journey, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Greater than a dozen search and rescue crew members, together with household and pals of Brownlee, participated within the effort to find him. His household chartered a personal helicopter as a part of the search.
An skilled hiker, Brownlee was final seen by a fellow hiker Saturday morning east of Redcloud Peak, a information launch stated. His normal itinerary was to hike 13,000-foot peaks close to the Lake Metropolis space.


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