In a follow-up to a missing persons story we published a couple days ago, authorities believe that they have found the body of a 66-year-old Front Range man that was missing near Steamboat Lake. According to a report by Matt Stensland of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the body was spotted and recovered with the help of Classic Air Medical on Wednesday, found 2,000 feet up a nearby mountain in the same area of a family property where the man was believed to be staying.
While the Coroner will be responsible for officially identifying the body that was recovered and determining the cause of death, this discovery will likely bring closure to the case. Communication was last made with the man on November 4th.
According to a report by OpenSnow, parts of the Steamboat Springs area have already gotten four-plus feet of snow this season, bringing the snowpack to 130% of the average for this time of the year. This has resulted in dangerous backcountry conditions with deep drifts and other winter hazards in the area.
While the cause of death in this case is currently undetermined, past weather reports show that snow did move through the Steamboat area on November 4th, 5th and 8th. During this time, temperatures ranged from a low of 10 degrees Fahrenheit to 28 degrees, remaining below freezing.
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