Severed foot found at Eldora ski resort does not belong to missing employee

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Eldora Mountain Resort employee Ryder Johnson, 20 of Lafayette, went missing on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.

BOULDER, Colo. — The severed foot found in a boot at the base of Eldora Mountain Resort in June does not belong to a resort employee who has been missing since January, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office said Friday.

The coroner’s office released the results of DNA tests that did not identify the victim but ruled out Ryder Johnson. It was previously reported the boot was not believed to belong to Johnson.

Johnson was last seen leaving the resort on Jan. 17. His vehicle was found later that day near Gross Reservoir in the 5800 block of Flagstaff Road.

The boot is a Rugged Outback men’s Apex Leather waterproof boot, size 13, for the left foot.

An employee reported finding the boot containing what he believed to be human remains on June 1.

Personnel from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Nederland Fire Protection District, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and the resort searched the area for additional remains, along with three cadaver dogs from Front Range Rescue Dogs, but didn’t find anything.

Crews searched 180 acres around the ski resort, including eight miles of Nordic trials that were searched by horseback, officials said.

Anyone with information that might be related to the investigation is asked to contact Det. Mark Spurgeon at 303-441-3615.

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