Autopsy shows alcohol, marijuana played role in hiker’s fatal fall

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MONTROSE, Colo. — A Colorado Springs man who fell 400 feet to his death while hiking in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park last month had significant alcohol and marijuana intoxication, according to an autopsy.

The body of 23-year-old Ryan Wood Moss of Colorado Springs was recovered June 14,  three days after he was reported overdue. Moss had been hiking on the Warner Route and spent the night camping in the park.

The Montrose Daily Press reports Moss’ death was ruled accidental.

Toxicology reports show he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.211. THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, was also found in his system at about twice the legal limit.

The autopsy also showed the presence of other medication in Moss’ system. He was found with four prescriptions in his backpack.