Gun found with skier's body at Aspen Highlands

ASPEN, Colo. - Authorities say preliminary information suggests a skier found dead at Aspen Highlands had injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.

A snowboarder found the body late Wednesday afternoon in an area just beyond the skiable terrain at Aspen Highlands, and authorities recovered it Thursday. He was searching for Jeff Walker, an Aspen skier who went missing on the mountain March 7. He was reported missing on March 9. 

Pitkin County sheriff's officials said Thursday a firearm was found with the body.

The skier's identity and cause of manner of death weren't immediately released pending results of an autopsy that is expected to be complete Friday.

Police have not released the identity of the dead skier.

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