Body believed to be missing hiker found at Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument. Photo Credit: Todd Petrie (Flickr).

A body was found Saturday morning at the Colorado National Monument in rough terrain beyond the Devil’s Kitchen rock formation.

Park officials believe the body is that of Jim Fuchs, 66, of Grand Junction, who has been missing last week since hiking at the destination. A note left on Fuchs’ vehicle, which was parked at the Lower Serpents Trail parking lot, indicated plans for hiking the national monument on Monday.

A multi-day search and rescue operation, involving nearly 30 volunteers and a special drone equipped with thermal imaging and cameras, was conducted in the area after a close friend reported the hiker overdue.

The search was suspended after a deceased male matching Fuchs’ description was discovered beyond the Devil’s Kitchen rock formation.

The body has been turned over to the Mesa County Coroner’s office for positive identification and determination of cause of death.

Colorado National Monument is located on the Western Slope near the town of Grand Junction. The park encompasses more than 20,000 acres of canyons and unique rock formations.

Special thanks goes out to crews involved including the National Park Service, Mesa County Sheriff’s, and Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team.

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