Walker’s death ruled a suicide | AspenTimes.com

Walker’s death ruled a suicide

ASPEN – Robert Jefferson Walker of Aspen died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Pitkin County Coronor’s Office, which has ruled his death a suicide.

Walker, 55, died on March 7, sometime after 2 p.m., the Deputy Coronor Eric Hansen said in a brief statement issued Saturday night.

Walker’s body was recovered from a steep, wooded area at Aspen Highlands on Thursday morning after a snowboarder discovered it Wednesday afternoon. The body was located about 30 yards outside Highland Bowl, in an out-of-bounds area. A handgun was found with the body.

Walker had been the focus of an intense search at Highlands after he was reported missing. His ski pass had been scanned at 12:04 p.m. on March 7 at the ski area, making Highlands his last known whereabouts. Skiers and snowboarders, ski patrollers and members of Mountain Rescue Aspen combed Highland Bowl and other areas at Highlands, checking tree wells, the deep holes in the snow that form around tree trunks, and searching outside the in-bounds ski terrain. Members of Walker’s family came to town and began a fundraising campaign to pay for costs taken on the search.

There will be a memorial service for Walker at 11 a.m. Monday at Aspen Chapel, 0077 Meadowood Drive. It is open to the public.

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