Two bodies found on Colorado peak; believed to be missing hikers
July 2, 2011
SALIDA, Colo. – Chaffee County authorities say they believe they have found the bodies of a man and his daughter have been found, days after the two hikers were reported missing on a trip on Mount Missouri.
Sheriff Pete Palmer says they recovered the bodies on Saturday, five days after crews began searching for 53-year-old Michael Von Gortler and his 20 year-old daughter, Makana.
Autopsies have yet to be conducted.
Palmer has said that searchers covered 800 square miles trying to find them. The sheriff says the bodies were spotted as a helicopter was dropping off two search teams.
Authorities say the bodies were found about 500 feet above the main trail.
The hikers’ family last heard from them on June 21, the day before they planned to start their hike.