MINTURN, Colo. (AP) – Authorities have discovered human remains near a campsite believed to have been used by a hiker from Chicago who has been missing since October 2010.
James Nelson was reported missing when he failed to return from a five day, 25-mile hike in the Holy Cross Wilderness area near Minturn.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s office says a hiker on Friday located the campsite near Holy Cross City, and the remains were discovered during a search of the area on Saturday.
The remains were turned over to the coroner for identification, and there was no immediate word on a cause of death.
The Sheriff’s office says a notebook located at the campsite indicated that Nelson may have been suffering from altitude sickness. The office says it appears that some of the 31-year-old man’s gear is missing, including a camera and GPS unit.
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