The bodies of 53-year-old Michael Von Gortler, and his 20-year-old daughter Makana, were found 1 mile from the summit of Mount Missouri on the northeast side, 500 feet above the main trail. The bodies were found about 5 days after the two were reported missing by family members.
Michael and Makana set out on June 22, 2011 for Mount Missouri, traversing the Missouri Gulch Trail - about 3 miles from Missouri Mountain - and died sometime between June 22nd, and June 27th.
Chaffee County’s coroner conducted an autopsy; results indicated that both Michael and his daughter Makana died from blunt trauma injuries to the head and neck; the injuries came from some type of fall.
The County coroner said that they,
"...can’t determine what time of day the fall [happened] and that it may never be clear the details surrounding the fall."
Search and rescuers covered 800 square miles attempting to locate the two, and spotted their bodies while a helicopter was dropping off two search teams.
53 years old
Sexual Orientation: HETEROSEXUAL
Classification: DAY/NIGHT HIKER
Professional Affiliation: MEDICAL
Level of Education: DOCTORAL DEGREE
Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Accident - Fall
Reported missing on June 27, 2011 - 3866 days, 6 hours, 55 minutes ago
Found on July 2, 2011 - 3861 days, 4 hours, 55 minutes ago
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Mar 17, 2021 at 12:37
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Apr 03, 2021 at 19:59
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 938
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