Body of 71-year-old hiker found on Torreys Peak

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By Corinne Westeman

The body of a 71-year-old hiker has been recovered from Torreys Peak after he was reported missing Tuesday evening.


Don Chambliss of Englewood was reported as a missing hiker in the Grays and Torreys peaks area around 7 p.m. Tuesday. After a two-and-a-half day search involving multiple agencies, his body was located on Thursday afternoon at about 13,600 feet above sea level on Torreys Peak, and it was recovered Friday morning.

As of Thursday afternoon, Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling said he was unsure how far off-trail Chambliss' body was found. He also said that there was no indication on the cause of death.

"It's too early to tell," Snelling said. "We have no idea whether he tripped and fell or if there was a medical issue."

Because of the location's difficult terrain, the Sheriff's Office, Alpine Rescue Team and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control used a helicopter and crew to recover the body. It has been transferred to the Clear Creek County Coroner's Office for further investigation, Snelling confirmed Friday afternoon.

Snelling described Chambliss as an avid hiker who often made solo trips to Grays and Torreys. He always called his family before or after a hike, and the family contacted the Sheriff's Office Tuesday evening when Chambliss did not call. 

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