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Ice climber found dead near Redstone after apparent fall

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A man in his 40s who went ice climbing near Redstone early Wednesday morning was found dead after an apparent fall, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office received a call of a missing ice climber in the area of Redstone around 12:30 p.m., according to a statement released Wednesday evening.

"The reporting person said that an unknown male in his 40s went ice climbing around 04:30 a.m. and has not returned. Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen, Carbondale Fire and Rescue and deputies from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office were involved in the search for the missing climber," the statement said. "The popular ice-climbing area is located 17 miles south of Carbondale, near Redstone."

A friend of the climber hiked in to try to find the missing man and found him dead. The friend told emergency personnel who arrived on the scene that an ice pillar the man had been climbing broke loose, resulting in the fall.

The ice climber, who was alone at the time of the accident, appeared to suffer trauma from the fall, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office and the Pitkin County Coroner's Office will do a complete investigation of the area. Mountain Rescue Aspen will help with the recovery efforts, which will most likely take place during daylight hours today, the statement said.

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No further information regarding the cause of this accident will be available until the investigation is concluded, the statement said. Information regarding the identity of the victim will be released pending notification of next of kin.

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