Missing Park Ranger Found

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The body of a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger missing for more than a week has been found.

Park officials say a hiker found the body of 31-year-old Jeff Christensen Saturday. They believe he died from a fall but the incident is under investigation.

Christensen had been missing since last Friday when he left for a routine patrol of the backcountry in the park northwest of Denver.

More than 200 searchers were out today looking for him. They were joined by nine dog teams and five helicopters.

Christensen was an experienced mountaineer who worked at the park for four seasons. He was on the ski patrol at the Winter Park ski resort.

He took off July 29th to patrol the Mummy mountain range in the park. The area is rugged with few designated trails.

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