A hiker who was reported missing Sunday has been found dead after a two-day search in the San Juan Mountains near Lake City, according to the Hisndale County Office of Emergency Management.
Ben Brownlee, 26, of Denver was reported missing Sunday, October 04, 2020 after he failed to return from a solo hiking trip.
Emergency managers said Brownlee, “an experienced and avid hiker,” was last seen by a fellow hiker on Saturday morning, when he was descending Unnamed Peak 13832. His general itinerary was to hike 13,000-foot peaks in the Lake City area of the San Juans.
The search for Brownlee began early Monday morning, when searchers found his car at the trailhead of Redcloud and Sunshine peaks. On Monday, helicopters and crews on the ground searched the area where Brownlee told friends he would be hiking.
On Tuesday, the search continued with more than a dozen search and rescue personnel on foot along with Brownlee’s family and friends. Brownlee was found with the use of a private helicopter chartered by his family, according to emergency managers. Friends spotted and identified his body around 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 06, 2020.
Brownlee was found about 75 to 100 feet below a steep rocky ridge southeast of Cooper Creek Peak. The ridge runs between Cooper Creek Trail and Silver Creek Trail off of County Road 30, southwest of Lake City along the Alpine Loop.
Recovery of Brownlee’s body will begin Wednesday morning, October 07, 2020.
26 years old
Weight: 165 lbs.
Classification: DAY/NIGHT HIKER
Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased
Reported missing on October 4, 2020 - 476 days, 16 hours, 16 minutes ago
Found on October 6, 2020 - 473 days, -1 hours, 16 minutes ago
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This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 946
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