Coroner: Body found in Rocky Mountain National Park matches description of missing Texan, Troy Green

Snowshoers find body against tree near Bear Lake

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. - The Larimer County coroner says a man's body found in Rocky Mountain National Park on Tuesday afternoon matches the description of Troy Green, a Texas resident missing since last Friday.

Coroner's Investigator James MacNaughton said his office will release positive identification of the body after completing a Thursday autopsy.  However, he said the body matches the description of the 39-year-old Green, of San Antonio, Texas.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson added that officials think the body is Green.

Two people snowshoeing northwest of Bear Lake on Tuesday afternoon found the body of a man clad in dark clothing against a tree in a thickly timbered area, about 100 feet off a summer hiking trail, Patterson said.

Green arrived at the park on Thursday, but failed to show up for a conference in Denver the next day. His wife alerted the Denver Police Department, which issued an alert for Green's rented sport utility vehicle.

Park rangers found the SUV in the Bear Lake parking lot on Friday.

Rangers, search teams, helicopters and dog teams had scoured the area between Bear Lake and Dream Lake for Green since Friday. A large number of recreational users also have been in the area.

The location where the body was found, near the Flattop Mountain trail, was inside the search area, but about 1 mile north of the Tyndall Gorge and Nymph Lake region where search managers believed that Green may have hiked, Patterson said. He was found in an area that had been searched several times by ground personnel, a dog team, and helicopter over-flights.

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