SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. — A recovery mission is underway near Gilpin Peak after an experienced mountaineer was found dead from an apparent fall Monday afternoon.
Patrick Eells, 29, of Telluride, was reported missing Sunday at 11 p.m. after he hadn't returned from a hike, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office. Eells' girlfriend told investigators his plan was to hike from Telluride, run on Sneffels Highline and possibly summit Mt. Emma.
A search and rescue mission launched early Monday utilizing multiple aircraft resources.
A Search and Rescue mission is underway for a missing 29yr old experienced local man hiking or running in the Sneffels Highline area. Expect low flying aircraft in the area. Call dispatch 970-728-1911 if have any information. pic.twitter.com/8aq1a3qjmv— San Miguel Sheriff (@SheriffAlert) May 31, 2021
Eells was located at 2 p.m. and reportedly died from traumatic injuries.
The sheriff's office believes he fell while hiking alone on the Dallas-Gilpin ridge about 3.5 miles north of Telluride.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Eells, who so clearly was in the prime of his life,” San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said.
Investigators advised people to avoid the upper Mill Creek Basin area below Gilpin Peak until the recovery mission is complete.