Body ID’d as Aldrich; autopsy scheduled, police say |

Body ID’d as Aldrich; autopsy scheduled, police say

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Rustin Gudim/The Associated PressA firetruck helps illuminate the landscape below the Maroon Creek Bridge near Aspen Monday night. Authorities were investigating the scene where George Aldrich's body was discovered in the afternoon.

ASPEN – A body found Monday afternoon beneath a bridge near Aspen has been positively identified as George Aldrich, police confirmed Tuesday.

Authorities have not determined how Aldrich died; an autopsy is scheduled Tuesday. Until the coroner’s report is made available, and evidence review and lab work is completed, police said they will not release additional information or details related to the scene where Aldrich’s body was found.

The Snowmass Village resident was reported missing Nov. 29, triggering a two-week search that authorities suspended Friday. Mountain Rescue Aspen personnel continued to search Monday, following up on a pledge to keep looking for Aldrich.

Aldrich’s body was found beneath the Maroon Creek Bridge – an area that had already been searched previously, police said.

The bridge carries four-lane Highway 82 over a steep gorge; the old, two-lane highway bridge, now unused, sits next to it. It was blocked off with police tape on Tuesday. The new bridge has a separate pedestrian and bike component, separated from vehicular traffic.

Aldrich, 28, was out with friends in downtown Aspen on Nov. 27. He boarded a bus, apparently to head home, but got off at the Truscott stop, on the highway just outside of town. A bloodhound tracked his scent to the Aspen Country Inn stop, on the opposite side of the Maroon Creek Bridge from Truscott.

Agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are assisting local authorities in the investigation.

Aldrich, originally from Cranston, R.I., moved to Snowmass Village in early November and had secured a job as a lift operator with the Aspen Skiing Co.

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