On the Trail: Climber’s remains turn up on peak
October 2, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas – Ten years after he went missing in the Colorado mountains, the body of a Fort Worth resident has been found.Jim Mills disappeared in August 1995 after setting off toward the top of 14,345-foot Blanca Peak. A search by foot and helicopter turned up no sign of the father of four, and a year later his family held a memorial service at the base of the peak.”There was a lot of quandary,” said his older sister, Carolyn Ebrahimi. “We paid our tributes as if he had passed away. It felt a little awkward, but we did it in that manner to try to give some closure to the family and his children.”Della Duran, the Huerfano County coroner, said two Denver residents found the remains Sept. 10 and notified authorities that evening. On Sept. 17, after waiting days for the weather to clear, members of the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department recovered the remains.Besides Mills’ backpack, searchers found other items strewn across the mountain including credit cards, a Social Security card and a picture identification card.Duran said that weather exposure had erased Mills’ name and other lettering from the cards, but his picture remained.Duran said evidence suggests that Mills had fallen, perhaps from the mountain’s peak. She said a landslide likely scattered Mills’ remains and belongings down the mountain’s north face.Mills, a former TV magazine host in Salt Lake City, had lived in Fort Worth for about three years and worked as an independent TV producer.”It’s just a relief we found him,” Ebrahimi said.