Body Believed To Be Missing Hiker’s Found On Longs Peak

Photo: Longs Peak Summit (Wikimedia)(Wikimedia Commons)
The Longs Peak summit.

Rocky Mountain National Park rangers have found a body believed to be a New Jersey man who has been missing for seven months on the park's highest mountain.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said Friday the body is believed to be 30-year-old Ryan Albert of Marlton, New Jersey. Marlton was last seen Oct. 4 on the Longs Peak trail. The mountain reaches 14,259 feet above sea level.

Rangers found the body Thursday in deep snow in a steep, rocky ravine called the Trough. It was about 1,000 feet below a section of trail called the Ledges and about 2,000 feet below the summit.

A helicopter recovered the body Friday. The Boulder County Coroner's Office will provide a positive identification, officials said in a release.

Rescue teams conducted multiple searches after Albert was reported missing.

They had called off the search for Albert in November last year.