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Fatality Near Cony Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

At 8:15 a.m. Sunday, July 25, park rangers were notified of an overdue backcountry skiier. The 40 year old Colorado man was planning to ski in the backcountry near Finch Lake on Saturday and had not been heard from. At 9:20 a.m. park rangers went to the Finch Lake Trailhead and found the man’s car. The man was reported to be an experienced backcountry skiier who was planning on hiking in to and skiing a snowfield near Finch Lake. At 4:00 p.m. park rangers found the man’s body on a snowfield above Cony Lake in the Hutcheson Lakes drainage near the southern boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park. At this time, the cause of death is unknown.

The man’s body is roughly 10 miles from the nearest trailhead. Because of weather conditions and logistics the body recovery will take place on Monday, July 26. Rangers will remain close to the scene of the accident tonight. His body will be transferred to the Boulder County Coroner’s office. The victim’s name will not be released until next of kin are notified.

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