According to an article by the Denver Post, the frozen body of a white male was found in Gore Creek near the base of Vail Resort. The body has since been identified as 60-year-old local Maldwyn George Zang.
The discovery of Zang’s sunglasses upstream are said to indicate that he most likely fell into the water prior to his death. Scratches on his face were consistent with a fall. It is expected he may have been on a walk or hike, as Zang was not dressed in ski gear.
A skier headed up a Lionshead Village chairlift spotted the body on Tuesday morning and called emergency response.
There were initial troubles with identifying the body due to intense freezing.
An investigation is underway following discovery of a body in Gore Creek in Lionshead this morning. PIO is on scene. All Lionshead ski access points are closed. Please use Vail Village, Golden Peak or Cascade Village access. Additional details to follow. pic.twitter.com/7rir2rXRt3
— Vail Police (@VailPolice) January 16, 2018
When the body was found, some lifts were temporarily shut down during the initial investigation, though they are said to have been reopened before noon.
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