About Michael Von Gortler's case
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.
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