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Missing hiker found dead in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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MONTROSE, Colo. — A body found at the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park this week has been identified as a 24-year-old from Colorado Springs, the Montrose County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday.

The body of Ryan Wood Moss, 24, was found Monday after he had been hiking on the Warner Route and spent the night camping in the park.

Moss was reported overdue Saturday. Search crews found his body at the base of a cliff on Monday and it was recovered Tuesday, the Montrose Daily Press reported.

The cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy at Montrose Memorial Hospital. The National Park Service told the newspaper that it appears Moss fell, but it’s unclear why.

The newspaper said Moss obtained a wilderness permit for the Warner Route and indicated he planned to return to his vehicle on Saturday. Family members became concerned later Saturday afternoon when they didn’t hear from him and contacted park authorities.

The case is being investigated by the Montrose County Coroner’s Office and park rangers from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.