Patrick Eells

Missing hiker found dead after suffering traumatic injuries

A hiker who went missing in Colorado over the weekend has been found dead after suffering traumatic injuries from an apparent fall while hiking alone.

The incident began at approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, when 29-year-old Patrick Eells was reported missing after he had told his girlfriend earlier in the day that was going to hike from Telluride, Colorado, and run on Sneffels Highline and possibly the summit of Mt. Emma, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

A search and rescue mission was subsequently launched early on Monday morning to find Eells with about a dozen deputies joining the search as well as SAR members who were using multiple aircraft resources to help find the missing man.

Eells body was found only hours later on the Dallas-Gilpin ridge about 3.5 miles north of Telluride by the upper Mill Creek Basin area and below Gilpin peak at around 2 p.m. local time.


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