The Latest: Searchers find body thought to be missing hiker
Aug. 31, 2018
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on an Illinois hiker who went missing in Rocky Mountain National Park (all times local):
Searchers have found what is believed to be the body of an Illinois man who went missing in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Park officials say the body was found Friday morning west of Keplinger's Couloir at 12,600 feet (3,840 meters) of elevation in extremely steep, rugged terrain. It's believed to be that of 60-year-old Jens "Jay" Yambert, of Urbana, Illinois.
Because of poor weather and erratic winds, rangers plan to spend the night in the area and recover the body Saturday.
Yambert was reported overdue Tuesday when he didn't return from the hike he began on Sunday afternoon. His rental car was found at the Longs Peak Trailhead.
At 14,259 feet (4,346 meters) above sea level, Longs Peak is the highest mountain in the park and the 15th highest in Colorado.
Rangers are looking for an Illinois man who didn't return from a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rangers learned on Tuesday that Jens "Jay" Yambert, 60, of Urbana, Illinois, was overdue to return from the hike he began on Sunday afternoon. According to officials, Yambert's rental car was found at the Longs Peak Trailhead.
Rangers have searched by foot. A forest service helicopter crew also searched the area.
At 14,259 feet (4346.14 meters), Longs Peak is the highest mountain in the park and the 15th highest in Colorado.
A 23-year-old woman from Texas was found on Thursday morning, after being reported missing in the Longs Peak area. Park officials reported that Emma Long of Houston was flown to a Denver hospital for treatment of serious injuries from a fall.