By Anica Padilla

CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — A man who went hiking in the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness last Friday has been found dead. Several teams with the Custer County Search and Rescue spent three days looking for Jeff Deardorff with an active aerial team.

Jeff Deardorff (credit: Custer County Search and Rescue)

Deardorff summited the Crestone Needle around noon on Friday and then wasn’t heard from again. Friends had found his car near the trail head and alerted authorities. A friend told CBS4 that Deardorff fell during the descent.

According to friends Deardorff was an experienced climber who had summited the majority of 14ers in Colorado — and had also climbed mountains in Mexico and Ecuador.

Jeff Deardorff (credit: Mark Wefler)

Anica Padilla

  1. Justin Deardorff says:

    Thank you Anica for reporting and sharing the news of my dad. As we grapple with his loss and the “How,” we know he passed doing what he loved! He is survived by his 3 children, 2 step children & 6 grandchildren. Our heart felt gratitude and thanks to Custer County Search and Rescue and all parties involved in his locating & recovery. – Justin Deardorff, Clarksville TN

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