A 29-year-old has died after authorities say he suffered “traumatic injuries” from a fatal fall while going on a hike in Colorado.
According to a San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office press release, authorities identified Patrick Eells as the deceased hiker. He went missing on the Dallas-Gilpin ridge, located approximately 3.5 miles north of Telluride, CO. Authorities added that Eells disappeared on Sunday while he was “hiking or running in the Sneffels Highline area” alone.
“An experienced mountaineer, Mr. Eells told his girlfriend Sunday he was going to hike from Telluride and run on Sneffels Highline and possibly summit Mt. Emma,” the release stated. According to officials, because he was reported missing around 11 p.m., authorities didn’t begin a search until early Monday morning.
Over a dozen deputies and search and rescue members helped out with the rescue, along with multiple aircraft resources. By 2 p.m. local time on Monday, the search then transitioned to a recovery mission after they spotted Eells’ body. They recovered him on the Dallas-Gilpin ridge.
Authorities asked other hikers in the area to stay out of the area until they could recover his body. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Eells who so clearly was in the prime of his life,” Sheriff Bill Masters said in a statement.
In a Facebook post, Sheriff Masters thanked the deputies and the volunteers for their efforts in helping find Eells.
Deceased Hiker Receives Outpouring Of Condolences
“We are fortunate to have the expertise and resources available with our staff, volunteers, and regional partners to safely and efficiently accomplish a very difficult and technical mission today,” Masters added. “We were all hoping for a better outcome, and again, our condolences to Mr. Eells’ family.”
Additionally, on social media, Eelles’ friends and family members expressed their sadness over the tragedy. “Glad I was able to get to know you and live with you my second winter in Telluride,” wrote his friend. “Although you’re gone MUCH too soon, I’m happier knowing you spent your last moments doing something you loved! You will be missed greatly!”
“It is with the deepest sorrow that Pinhead announces the death of our wonderful friend and colleague Patrick Eells who was only 29 but had the wisdom of an elder. Please give us time to mourn our friend,” wrote the Pinhead Institute, A Smithsonian Affiliate, a science-education organization in Telluride.