Body believed to be that of missing hiker retrieved from Rocky Mountain National Park

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — The body believed to be that of a man reported missing when he failed to return from a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park was recovered Sunday morning.

Jens “Jay” Yambert’s body was retrieved by helicopter and taken to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office. Positive identification will be released after an autopsy.

On Friday, Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue team members found Yambert west of Keplinger’s Couloir, below the Homestretch, at 12,600 feet.

On Saturday, team members performed a technical lower down approximately 50 feet of extremely steep terrain just west of Keplinger’s couloir.

Yambert, 60, was lowered to a rock shelf area that was safer for long line operations by helicopter.

Initial investigations indicate the hiker from Urbana, Illinois, took a 200-foot fall and appears to have died instantly.

On Tuesday, park rangers were notified by a family member that Yambert was overdue from a hike. His rental car was found at a trailhead Tuesday night by park staff.

It was unknown what Yambert’s planned destination or route was.

After learning about the search for Yambert, park staff heard from visitors who saw Yambert on Monday morning along the Keyhole Route.

Visitors indicated the weather was poor with ice, sleet, rain, and strong winds.

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