Body of missing Denver teacher found

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By Ian Neligh

Rescuers believe they have found the body of a missing Denver preschool teacher who didn't come to work on Feb. 20 after skiing at Jones Pass.

Alpine Rescue members came across the body at about 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Peter McInerney, 65, was last known to be skiing in the area on Feb. 18. McInerney taught at Park Hill Children’s Center.

"The body of what authorities believe to be 65-year-old Peter McInerney was located today in the area of Jones Pass ...” said Clear Creek Sheriff Rick Albers. "The recovery process is still on-going."

Albers said search-and-rescue efforts began on Feb. 20 with the help of the Alpine Rescue Team and Flight for Life. Severe weather hindered search efforts during the past two weeks.

Hikers found McInery’s backpack and skis high on a ridgeline on Feb. 23.

"The body was discovered by Alpine Rescue Team members just south of where the backpack was discovered," Albers said.

Dawn Wilson, a spokeswoman with the Alpine Rescue Team, said search efforts were canceled on Feb. 24 because of extreme weather in the area.

"(That day) we sent out a few highly experienced members to look in a certain area. It was really windy and cold, with treacherous conditions," Wilson said, adding they searched for a couple of hours before having to call it off.

"It was pretty brutal, and we're talking about some of our hardcore people, especially in the snow, and it was tough on them for sure," Wilson said.

Albers said the search effort consisted of Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office along with Alpine Rescue Team member and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The search covered four days and included 22 Alpine Rescue Team members, two search dogs, four snowmobiles and two snowcats.

"The sheriff's office would like to extend its deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers for the family and friends," Albers said.

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