An unidentified dead body was discovered Tuesday morning in Gore Creek just below Chairlift #8 on Vail Mountain reports ABC 7 News Denver.
An investigation is currently underway but so far no details have emerged as to what may have caused the person to fall into the creek. Earlier this morning, authorities closed Lionshead access to the mountain but they have since reopened the area.
Vail Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a deceased male found in Gore Creek on Tuesday, Jan. 16. At approximately 9:03 a.m., a female caller reported seeing the man’s body from the ski lift. Vail Police officers and detectives as well as personnel from the Vail Fire Department worked to recover the body from the creek. He was transported to the Eagle County Coroner’s office for further investigation. The man was not able to be identified on scene.
The man appears to be between 45 and 55 years old. He was wearing a black and dark gray zip-up fleece over a bright blue zip-up vest, black pants and brown leather lace-up boots. A backpack was found in the creek nearby, but did not contain any identifying information. There was a copy of a local newspaper in the backpack dated Jan. 15, along with a small set of car keys and a first aid kit. The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Further inquires or information that may lead to his identification can be directed to Detective Sgt. Luke Causey at 970-479-2346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*We will update this story as more information becomes available.
Find the entire ABC 7 News Denver article here: Body found in Gore Creek in Vail; Lionshead ski access points closed for investigation