Body Of Missing Hiker Found

By: AP/KKTV
By: AP/KKTV
A retired Army Special Forces officer was found dead after being reported missing Sunday. He went hiking on Mt. Antero, but wasn

Wayne A Kirkbride's Facebook Profile Picture

An Army helicopter pilot spotted the body of a missing hiker near Cascade Falls Tuesday afternoon. Wayne Kirkbride, 61, of Monument, disappeared on a hike near Moun Antero Sunday.

The Chaffee County Sheriff's office says it appears that Kirkbride fell from the crest of a steep slope near Cascade Falls. He was found around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, but the time and date of his death are still unknown.

Kirkbride was a retired Army Special Forces lieutenant colonel.

The body was found on steep, rugged terrain that is difficult to access, and the Sheriff's Office says it will not be retrieved until Wednesday.

The Colorado Army National Guard was called in to help rescuers search for Kirkbride, in addition to various rescue teams and search dog groups.


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  • by Allen Kirkham Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    LTC Kirkbride's book, When God Says Yes, is a must read. It is understandable why this courageous warrior was climbing a mountain and experiencing God's awesome creation when he died.
  • by John Location: Monument on Sep 28, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    Wayne was God's man and one exceptional person. How blessed were all those who knew and loved him. His death will leave a great void in so many lives. God bless you dear friend.
  • by Susan Location: Atlanta on Sep 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    LTC Kirkbride was much loved and respected by his former students, JROTC cadets, wrestlers, members of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Gideons and members of the community. His leadership and commitment to serving others was an example for all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Well done my brother, rest in peace.
  • by doug Location: Monument on Sep 27, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    Wayne is a good, God fearing man. It was great knowing you, Wayne. God bless your soul.
  • by Ann Location: COS on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    My condolences to his family. God bless his soul.
  • by V Mattson on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Saddened to hear this ending to the search. My prayers go out to his family.
  • by Avid Location: Hiker on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    I hope they find him, soon. It's been cold at nights here.
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