SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Search and rescue crews say they found the body of a 29-year-old hiker who disappeared on Mount Emma over the weekend. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office says Patrick Eels, of Telluride, was found Monday afternoon, on the Dallas-Gilpin ridge about 3.5 miles north of Telluride.

(credit: San Miguel Sheriff)

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Eells’ girlfriend told crews he was an experienced mountaineer and set out to hike from Telluride, run on Sneffels Highline and possibly climb Mount Emma on Sunday.

(credit: San Miguel Sheriff)

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He was reported missing late Sunday night. Crews deployed to find him Monday morning using aircraft.

The sheriff’s office says Eells had traumatic injuries from apparently falling.

(credit: San Miguel Sheriff)

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“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Eells who so clearly was in the prime of his life,”  Sheriff Masters said.

Danielle Chavira