Bodies Of Missing Father-And-Son Hikers Found On Mt. Evans

Credit: KCNC

The months-long search for a missing father and son in the Colorado mountains ended tragically Thursday with the announcement that their bodies had been recovered.

Damian McManus, 51, and his 19-year-old son Evan were last seen April 2 at a Denny's in Lakewood, Colo. They were setting out for the mountains to go camping, but friends say they aren't sure where the pair was going to go, further complicating the search after they were reported missing on April 6. Sister station KCNC reported that Clear Creek County deputies scoured the entire county--including every single trailhead--for their vehicle.

Authorities feared that Damian and Evan were not prepared for the wintry conditions in the Rocky Mountains, which were hit with snow every day that the father and son would have been in the mountains. It continued snowing during the early days of the search. The search was eventually suspended, and resumed in May. Since then, thousands of hours were spent combing through the area authorities narrowed the search down to. Searchers included firefighters from the pair's home state of Minnesota.

The bodies were found on Mount Evans Thursday, and later positively ID'd.