Missing Snowshoer's Body Found In River

Dinklage Was New To Snowshoeing

A snowshoer who was missing for two days in Waterton Canyon was found dead on Monday, submerged in a river, authorities said.

A Jefferson County coroner confirmed that the body that was found by search crews was that of the missing man -- Mel Dinklage.

Dinklage, 46, went on a snowshoeing trip Saturday morning, but wasn't reported missing until Monday at 2 a.m.

His family said he was new to the sport of snowshoeing and picked it up as a form of exercise. He is an amputee who had lost part of his right leg below the knee.

When the Denver man didn't arrive home on Sunday -- after the storm moved in, dumping snow and creating blizzardlike conditions -- his family called authorities.

His car was found in the Waterton Canyon area overnight.

About 65 members of the Alpine Search and Rescue began the search at 4 a.m. Monday, walking along the trail, combing the area near the South Platte River.

Dinklage was spotted just after 10 a.m. He was found submerged in the river, about two miles from the trailhead, said Jim Shires, spokesman for Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

He was encased in ice and covered with a blanket of freshly fallen snow.

Authorities are not suspecting foul play but a member of the district attorney's office and a detective have been sent to the scene to make sure, 7NEWS reported.

Shires said his death appears to be simply an unfortunate accident.

The coroner has not yet determined Dinklage's cause of death.

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