Body found near Vail ID’d as missing Indiana hiker

Colorado Mountain ( provided photo/Eagle Co. Colo.)
Colorado Mountain ( provided photo/Eagle Co. Colo.)

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — 3 PM: Authorities have confirmed that a body found in Colorado’s mountains is that of a missing hiker from Indiana.

Thirty-nine-year-old James C. McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind. disappeared March 14 after he got separated from a group hiking to a backcountry hut. His body was found Thursday north of Vail by a group of backcountry skiers about 4 ½ miles from the trail.

Coroner Kara Bettis said Friday that an autopsy must still be done to determine how he died.

McGrogan was a physician who recently returned to Indiana from Wisconsin to work in the emergency room of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka (mish-ah-WAH’-kuh).

Fellow hikers said he had food, water, medical supplies, a GPS and other tools. A five-day search failed to find any sign of him.

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Authorities say they might have located the body of an Indiana man who disappeared three weeks ago while hiking in the Colorado mountains.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Department said a body found Thursday north of Vail might be that of 39-year-old James C. McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind.

Three people who were backcountry skiing told the sheriff’s department they found the body below Booth Falls.

McGrogan disappeared March 14 when he separated from a group while hiking to a backcountry hut. Fellow hikers said McGrogan had food, water, medical supplies, a GPS and other tools.

A five-day search failed to find any sign of him.

McGrogan, a physician, worked in the emergency department of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind.

An autopsy is planned.

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