Authorities are treating the discovery of a 69-year-old Denver man's body on Mount Zion as a possible homicide.
Jefferson County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Thursday that investigators know the man's name but will not release it until the coroner confirms the identity and notify the man's family.
Deputies were called to Lariat Loop Road on Mount Zion at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday after two cyclists taking a rest on the shoulder of a hairpin turn looked over the guardrail and spotted the body down a rocky slope.
As the AirTracker7 helicopter's camera captured the body recovery, the man's head appeared to be wrapped in tape or cloth.
Kelley declined to discuss details about the body's condition, saying she wanted to protect the ongoing investigation.
"The circumstances surrounding the death are suspicious and the death is being investigated as a potential homicide," Kelley said.
Investigators spent several hours at the scene Wednesday and were expected to return to the area again Thursday, she said.
The coroner's office had autopsy schedule on Thursday afternoon when they will attempt to determine the cause and manner of death.
Mount Zion is just west of Golden and is the mountain with the large, white "M" on its east flank. It connects to Lookout Mountain to the south.
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