Body recovered from Maroon Bells Wilderness

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A body of a man was recovered from the Maroon Bells Wilderness on Saturday after a hiker spotted it just south of Crater Lake, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The call reporting the body was made just after 7 a.m. when the hiker was on his way to climb the Bell Cord.

He spotted what appeared to be a dead body laying in the snow just off the trail, the sheriff’s office said.

The hiker said he wasn’t comfortable approaching the body and he wasn’t able to confirm if the man was dead.

Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen found the man’s body just after 9:30 a.m. and confirmed he was dead. The man appeared to be in his early 30s and was hiking alone.

The man had several visible injuries to his head and leg, but the cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

Because the man was found dead and alone, Pitkin County investigators were sent to the scene. Officials began to start recovery efforts around 1:30 p.m.

The identity of the man will be released by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office once the investigation is complete.