Body found in out-of-bounds Aspen Highlands where skier disappeared March 7

Body "appears to be" missing skier

ASPEN, Colo. - A snowboarder has found a body of a man in an area just out of bounds of the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands, where a skier had been reported missing earlier this month.

Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said Wednesday that ski patrollers confirmed a body was in the area and called Pitkin County sheriff's officials, who planned  to leave the body overnight and remove it on Thursday.

“It was too late in the day to get up there today,” Sheriff Joe DiSalvo told the Aspen Times Wednesday night. “We want to do it the right way, not the fast way. This community has a right to get the correct answer about what happened.”

The person's identity wasn't immediately confirmed, but sheriff's officials say the body appeared to be dressed in what 55-year-old Aspen resident and wine consultant Jeff Walker was wearing when he was last seen hiking the Highland Bowl on March 7.

“It appears that it was a collision with a tree," Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle told the Aspen Daily News. "Our thoughts have been with Jeff’s family and friends throughout this time and although the outcome is not yet confirmed, they remain in our in our prayers."

Friends said Walker was an expert skier who frequently skied Highland Bowl. 

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