ALMA, Colo. (CBS4) – Rescue crews in Park County are working to recover the body of a man who died in an inactive mine.
The coroner’s office isn’t releasing the man’s name, since they haven’t been able to get to him yet.
Several people CBS4 interviewed said he was an amature miner with a passion for gold.
The Ajax Mine sits northwest of the town of Alma. Officials say it collapsed about a week ago.
The mine is in such a dangerous state that so far search and rescue crews and mine safety teams haven’t gone in.
County officials had to help clear a path through deep snow so rescue crews could get to the mine opening.
The mine reportedly didn’t have a permit and the victim was trying to get it into working shape.
“We went up to the mine site approximately two weeks ago on snowmobiles,” said Mark Mayer, who may have been one of the last people to see the victim alive.
Mayer has been helping rescue crews get to the scene.
A team from the Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the collapse.