BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The body of a hiker that has been missing since Saturday has been found.
According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, it appears the body of David Robles, 53, of Westminster was found in a rugged part Eldorado Canyon State Park Wednesday afternoon after another full-scale search was launched in the morning.READ MORE: Westminster Police: Suspect Fires At Officer Following Crash, Dies At Hospital
The body was found in the area of the Rattlesnake Gulch Loop Trail. It was found by acting on a tip from hikers who were in the area on Saturday. The area had previously been searched but on Wednesday searchers went farther off trail.
“They said that they saw someone matching his description and they gave (the search team) the location that they crossed paths with him, and that’s why they were focusing their search in that area today,” Heidi Prentup with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.
Robles’ body was taken out of the area just after 5:30 p.m. He was identified by his appearance although the coroner will make the confirmation and determine the cause of death. Foul play isn’t suspected. Robles’ family was on scene waiting for the body to be recovered but they haven’t talked to the media.
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Robles’ car had been found but there was no sign of him after four days of searching. He wasn’t prepared to stay overnight.
Search teams were running into a lot of obstacles during the search, according to Boulder County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Booton.
“On Monday and today we had teams report that there are mountain lions, that they’ve seen mountain lions with fresh kill, deer, so we have the mountain lions. We’ve had reports of rattlesnakes and just the steepness of the terrain, we’ve had people, the searchers slipping and falling and rockfall,” Booton said.MORE NEWS: Colorado Weather: Tuesday Storm May Fizzle Out For The Denver Metro
Crews hit the trail about 8 a.m. Wednesday in the fifth day of the search. Searchers from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Parks, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Boulder Emergency Squad, Longmont Emergency Unit, Larimer County Search and Rescue; and Arapahoe Search and Rescue were involved in the search.