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Man found dead near Vail resort was longtime local resident

January 17, 2018

Officials put the body of man found in Gore Creek into the Coroner's truck on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Lionshead in Vail, Colo. The incident is still being investigated. (Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily via AP)

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — The man found dead near the Vail Ski Resort has been identified as a 60-year-old longtime Vail resident.

The body of Maldwyn “Maldy” George Zang was found Tuesday after a woman on a ski lift reported seeing a body in Gore Creek.

The cause of death remains under investigation but Detective Luke Causey told the Vail Daily that the frigid overnight weather was a factor.

Zang’s body was frozen. Causey said his sunglasses were found upstream and he had a cut on the bridge of his nose, indicating that he may have fallen into the creek before he died.

Zang worked at a locals’ bar in the resort town, Bart & Yeti’s, for 40 years. He is survived by two sisters and a brother.

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