Breaking news: Body discovered near Aspen could be that of George Aldrich | AspenTimes.com

Breaking news: Body discovered near Aspen could be that of George Aldrich

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Courtesy Aspen Police DepartmentGeorge Aldrich, as he was photographed on Saturday night, Nov. 27, before he disappeared.

ASPEN – A body discovered Monday under the Maroon Creek Bridge on the outskirts of Aspen may be that of missing Snowmass Village resident George Aldrich.

An off-duty member of Mountain Rescue Aspen found the body at mid-afternoon in an area that was previously searched, according to Aspen police. The rescuer was following up on a pledge to keep working to find Aldrich’s body.

While positive identification of the body has yet to be made, circumstantial evidence suggests it is Aldrich’s body, and his family has been notified of the discovery, police said.

The police have requested assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation; agents arrived at the scene Monday. There was no immediate indication of the cause of death, police said.

Police have scheduled a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the golf course parking lot, near where the body was discovered.

Aldrich, 28, was reported missing on Nov. 29, when he failed to show up for work as a lift operator for the Aspen Skiing Co. He had been out with friends in Aspen on Saturday night, Nov. 27, and got on a bus at the Rubey Park station in downtown Aspen to head home.

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A bus video camera captured him boarding the bus and getting off at Truscott Place on Highway 82, just outside of town. A conversation he had with another passenger suggested he had mistakenly exited the bus at the wrong locale – well before the Brush Creek lot where he would have needed to transfer to a bus to Snowmass Village.

Authorities weren’t sure whether he attempted to walk, hitchhike or catch another bus to his destination, but his disappearance triggered a two-week hunt between Aspen and Snowmass Village, on foot and by air, as well as down the Highway 82 corridor almost to Carbondale. Police called off the field search Friday, after finding no sign of Aldrich.

On Sunday, his family raised the reward for information leading to his discovery from $5,000 to $25,000.

The Maroon Creek Bridge is near the Truscott Place bus stop, just downvalley from the Aspen golf course. It carries Highway 82 over the deep gorge cut by the creek.

See Tuesday’s Aspen Times for more on Monday’s developments.