Remains believed to be Ohio man missing since September found on Mt. Harvard by hiker, rescue team

DENVER - After a hiker found a wallet and clothing, rescue team members believe they have discovered the body of a Cleveland man who went missing last September. The remains were found on Mount Harvard Monday by the Chaffee County Search and Rescue team.

Gene George, 64, was last heard from on Wednesday, September 18 when he spoke by telephone with his girlfriend in Cleveland. He was reported missing on the following Sunday when he failed to check out of his motel room as scheduled.

That same Sunday, his car was found parked and locked at the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead. Search efforts at the time, lasting four days, involved over one hundred volunteers from seven counties, three helicopters, one fixed wing aircraft, several dog teams, two horseback teams, two mules, and numerous items of specialized equipment.  

The hiker who discovered the wallet handed it over Sunday evening, then joined the search party that found the body Monday morning.

The remains will be examined by the Chaffee County Coroner to determine the cause and manner of death.

Mount Harvard is the third highest mountain in Colorado, 14,423 feet. It is located about 10 miles from Buena Vista.

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