OURAY, Colo. — The body of a missing Danish man was found in an SUV that plunged more than 400 feet off Red Mountain Pass in southwest Colorado, the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jin Junge, 26, of Copenhagen, Denmark, was identified as the man whose body was in the Cadillac Escalade. Junge had been on vacation and was reported missing to the sheriff’s office on Feb. 4.
U.S. 550 was closed for six hours Wednesday and another six hours Thursday as crews from the sheriff’s office and the Colorado Department of Transportation worked to extract the SUV out of Sullivan’s Gulch, the sheriff’s office said.
“The vehicle fell to the bottom of the canyon and was lodged in the stream bed of the Uncompahgre River, where it was discovered by a search and rescue team combing the extensive area of the canyon floor,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
It took several days to locate the SUV as it left U.S. 550 on a steep area of Red Mountain Pass, and no skid marks, side-slip marks or other tire tracks were found, the sheriff’s office said. The white vehicle was difficult to see from the highway because of snow on the canyon floor.
The sheriff’s office contacted the rental car company of the vehicle Junge was driving and GPS equipment inside the vehicle provided the location in the search effort Tuesday.