UPDATE: Hiker's Body Recovered in Rocky Mountain National Park
The 25-year-old was reportedly attempting to climb Longs Peak.
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***UPDATE November 21, 10:56 AM
The body of Peter Jeffris, a hiker missing in Rocky Mountain National Park since Sunday, was recovered 200 feet below the Ledges section of Longs Peak on Thursday, The Coloradoanreports.
Jeffris is the third fatality of year on Longs Peak, one of the most popular fourteeners in Colorado.
After high winds hindered search and rescue efforts Tuesday, rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park plan to resume search efforts today for a hiker missing near Longs Peak.
25-year-old Peter Jeffris did not show up to work on Monday after telling friends that he planned to climb Longs Peak on Sunday, The Denver Post reports. Jeffris’s car was located in the parking lot at the Longs Peak trailhead.
Gusts of up to 65 miles per hour thwarted rescue efforts on Tuesday by slowing down ground search teams and making helicopter operations all but impossible. Similar conditions were in the forecast for Wednesday, but search efforts are expected to proceed.
“We will continue to focus on high-probability areas we think he might be, but we don’t know exactly where he was going or if he changed his plans,” RMNP spokesman Kyle Patterson told the paper.
According to Patterson, Jeffris is thought to be in good physical shape, but reportedly left some of his gear at home and may not have been carrying a tent or heavy winter jacket.
Read more: The Denver Post