Rio Blanco County Jeffrey Beall (Wikimedia Commons)

Rio Blanco County. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Beall (Wikimedia Commons)

A Tuesday report from the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office indicated that the body of an overdue bow hunter was found in the Milk Creek drainage area of Rio Blanco County.

Wisconsin resident Russell Sharp, 58, was reported overdue on September 4 after last being seen entering the Milk Creek drainage area by his hunting partner on September 3. This prompted a search that would eventually last for three days.

Despite knowing what area Sharp was likely in, the search was complicated by the fact that Sharp was wearing camouflage. The terrain in the area is also quite rugged.

Searchers looked for Sharp by foot, from the area, and through the use of four dog teams. Eventually, the dogs were able to narrow the search to a smaller area, where Sharp's body was then found.

An autopsy will be performed by the local coroner to determine an official cause of death, though no foul play is suspected at this time.

Condolences go out to the family and friends of Sharp.

Thanks goes out to search and rescue teams from Rio Blanco, Moffat, Mesa, and Garfield Counties for their hard work in the case.

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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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