On July 10, 2016 hikers in the White River National Forest discovered a human skull in an area known as the Sky Chutes between Copper Mountain Resort and Breckenridge, Summit County, Colorado. Nearly a month later, on August 3, 2016 searchers found human skeletal remains and personal items nearby. A forensic pathologist determined the remains to be that of a white male, 5’5 to 6’3, 30 to 50 years old, with strawberry blond hair. Evidence indicated he was a smoker. Damage to the skull was consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head from a Glock .45 handgun found near the remains. Two water bottles with the personal items were dated February 7, 2012, indicating the man most likely died in 2012. Other items found with the body, advanced survival gear including a high-tech headlamp and foot traction devices, were inconsistent with suicide and have baffled investigators.
DNA Doe Project Status: Research in progress
Description On July 10, 2016 hikers in the White River National Forest discovered a human skull in an area known as the Sky Chutes between Copper Mountain Resort and Breckenridge, Summit County, Colorado. Nearly a month later, on August 3, 2016 searchers found human skeletal remains and personal...
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Race / Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 60
Estimated Age Range (Years): 23-66
Estimated Year of Death: 2011-2013
Estimated PMI: 4 Years
Type: Unidentified Deceased
Date Body Found: July 10, 2016
Location Found Map
County: Summit County
GPS Coordinates (Not Mapped): 392926N 1060724W
Circumstances of Recovery: Skull found in the SKY chutes area of Summit County in an avalanche field. This is located across from Copper Mountain Ski Resort off Highway 91.
Details of Recovery
Inventory of Remains: Torso not recovered, One or more limbs not recovered, One or both hands not recovered
Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Partial skeletal parts only
Hair Color: Blond/Strawberry
Clothing and Accessories
Accessories: One tube Blistex lip ointment found on body. BluMaxx high performance flashlight found on body. Items in nearby purple/grey Fila backpack include: three ammunition clips for handgun in a ziplock bag, gun is a Glock 45 serial number was destroyed, one Leatherman tool, a BlackDiamond headlamp, an ace wrap and two disposable plastic water bottles. Also found near bones: Grey Garmin GPS case containing a rock, a can of bear deterrent spray, a wooden-handled hatchet.
Clothing: Black winter (snowmobile?) insulated coverall with red stripes on arms. Belted with snap front. Possible red or brown flannel lined jeans. Possible blue/teal buttoned shirt. Possible white knit tee shirt or long underwear. Black outer gloves with black liners. Brown/white outdoor socks. Possible white knit briefs. - On the Body
Clothing: Black Northface ski jacket found in nearby backpack. Black fleece balaclava in backpack. Blue "Life is Good" baseball cap found near body. Also found near body: white Northface snowpants, black Northface fleece gloves - size XL, blue fleece Columbia hat, black nylon hood. - Near the Body
Eyewear: Gold wire-rimmed reading glasses found near body.
Footwear: Dark green, gray, or black Rockport hiking shoe, size 11 on body. Black rubber Stabilizers brand yak-tracks in backpack.
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