Mesa Verde NP - Wetherill Mesa - Long House View Into the Past

Mesa Verde National Park. File photo. Photo Credit: scgerding (iStock).

Mesa Verde National Park officials have confirmed that an anonymous tip led to the discovery of human remains believed to be those of Mitchell Dale Stehling, a man that went missing in the park on June 9, 2013.

The remains were found 4.2 miles from where Stehling was last seen and personal items with the body were consistent with that identification. A DNA analysis will be performed to confirm that suspicion.

There is no indication of foul play.

The official press release did not indicate exactly where the body was found. It may be worth mentioning that many trails in Mesa Verde National Park notably remote and rugged, sometimes with steep drop-offs.

This is a developing story.

Mesa Verde National Park is best known for being home to well-preserved cliff dwellings. Located in southwest Colorado, the park spans more than 80 square miles of rugged, desert-like terrain. The park is currently under a phased reopening period. More details can be found here.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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