Utah climber's body found on Capitol Peak in Pitkin County

2 rescuers injured during body recovery

ASPEN, Colo. - Rescue teams on Wednesday recovered the body of a climber from Utah who was reported missing on Capitol Peak.

Deputy Alex Burchetta of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said family members from Salt Lake City reported the 53-year-old had not returned home as scheduled at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The climber had also failed to report to work that day.

On Wednesday morning, searchers combed the area surrounding Capitol Peak. They spotted what they believed to be a body in the Mount Daly Basin above Moon Lake at an elevation of about 11,000 feet. A search helicopter was able to land nearby and positively identified the body as Nelson's.

As the body was being moved to the helicopter, a person watching the effort from above the accident scene caused a rockslide, striking two rescue workers. Their injuries were minor.

The coroner has determined that Nelson's death cause of death was multiple injuries from a fall.  The death was ruled an accident.

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