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Man who died after he was found in trees at Winter Park identified as 25-year-old from Massachusetts

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 13:17:44-05

WINTER PARK, Colo. — The man who died after he was found in the trees at Winter Park Resort on Saturday has been identified as a 25-year-old from Massachusetts.

Fraser Winter Park Police Department said the man, Francis Raymond Ermilio, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, had been skiing with friends before they became separated around the Whistle Stop and Dormouse around 4:20 p.m.

His friends waited for him at the base before seeking help from Winter Park Ski Patrol, police said.

Ski patrol began searching for Ermilio and found him around 7:35 p.m. in the trees next to White Rabbit Run. He was unresponsive and had head and facial trauma, police said.

After rescue efforts at the scene, Ermilio was transported to the Denver Health Clinic where he was pronounced deceased around 8:20 p.m.

During a preliminary investigation, police found that Ermilio, who had been wearing a helmet, was not an experienced skier and may have lost control on the run and collided with trees.