Hiker dies on Colorado peak; two missing on another mountain
July 1, 2011
SALIDA, Colo. – Chaffee County authorities say a woman has died after falling while hiking Mount Princeton.
Sheriff Pete Palmer says the woman’s body remains on the 14,000-foot peak and will be recovered Friday.
Palmer says that rescuers were sent to the Mount Princeton trailhead on Thursday after the woman’s companion called to say she fell and suffered severe head injuries.
She was dead by the time rescuers arrived. They found the pair down a steep rocky chute off the main trail after they encountered rain, strong winds, and lightning. Rescuers say the man was not physically hurt and they walked him off the mountain.
Those rescuers were diverted from the search for a missing father and daughter on Missouri Mountain.
Palmer said it’s a mystery why search teams have been unable to find the two missing hikers, Dr. Michael Von Gortler and his daughter, 20-year-old Makana. Their family last heard from them on June 21.
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The sheriff said climbing teams will search cliffs along a four-mile hiking trail on Missouri Mountain on Friday. He said searchers have covered 800 square miles trying to find the missing twosome. Authorities also examined their truck mileage and credit card records and found nothing suspicious.