A massive search effort on Saturday turned up skeletal remains in Vail’s Back Bowls, according to a release from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. The remains are believed to be that of Chinese national, Yunlong Chen who went missing last February. Chen’s last known whereabouts were at the Gondola One at Vail where his pass had been scanned.
From the time of his disappearance to the end of the ski season, ski patrol and ski school instructors conducted daily searches. There were also more than 250,000 skier visits at Vail from the time Mr. Chen went missing till the end of the ski season.
Searchers found personal items with the body that are consistent with those described by Mr. Chen’s family.
The incident is currently under investigation.
Saturday’s search was collaborative effort between Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Vail Ski Patrol, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Government, Vail Resorts, El Paso County Search and Rescue Group, Mesa County Search and Rescue Group, Chaffiee County Search and Rescue Group, Summit County Search and Rescue Group, Boulder Rescue Squad, Eagle County Coroner’s Office, Colorado Search and Rescue Association, Front Rand Rescue Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado, Eagle County Paramedic Services and The Vail Public Safety Communications Center.