Bodies on Mt Evans ID'd as missing father, son Damian McManus and Evan McManus

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. - The two bodies found on Mt Evans on Thursday have been confirmed as those of Damian McManus and Evan McManus. 

The father and son from Minnesota were reported missing on April 6.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call on Thursday at 11:32 a.m. from a group of local hikers who had discovered one body in the area of Vance Creek. 

Deputies said Alpine Rescue and Rocky Mountain Rescue were already in the area searching for the father and son. They went to Vance Creek and found the second body.

A deputy told 7NEWS the pair were not found together, but were within eyesight of each other. The bodies were found near the confluence of No Name Creek and Vance Creek. The coroner has not yet released their cause of death.

The bodies were found about two miles from the campground, the way the crow flies. They were not near a trail.

The group of local hikers that found the first body call themselves Team McManus. Deputies said the group was made up of searchers and a longtime friend of Damian McManus.

Alpine Rescue dedicated 46 days and 5000 hours to the rescue/recovery of the McManus’, officials said.

-- Father, son reported missing --

Damian and Evan McManus were last heard from on April 2 as they headed on a hiking trip at Echo Lake, authorities said.

Evan McManus had told his girlfriend, "We're going to scale a peak." But, he didn't say what peak, a search official said.

The pair was reported missing on April 6 after they didn't return from the camping trip.

Their snow-covered car, a maroon Ford Edge, was found in the Echo Lake parking lot.

Searchers found a receipt in the Ford showing the pair had breakfast at Denny's in Lakewood on the morning of April 2.

The search was hampered -- and made hazardous -- by about 3 feet of snow that fell in the days after the McManuses disappeared.

More than 50 members of over a dozen Colorado search and rescue teams searched extensively for the men on skis, snowmobiles and from the air.

After four days, authorities called off the search. Officials said the father and son were presumed dead.

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