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Hiker finds body of Colo. park ranger missing eight days


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August 08, 2005

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Hiker finds body of Colo. park ranger missing eight days

Officer Down: Jeff Christensen - [Estes Park, Colorado]


Biographical Info

Age: 31

Additional Info: Christensen, a Rocky Mountain park ranger for four seasons, was an experienced mountaineer who worked as a ski patroller at the nearby Winter Park resort in the winter.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Ranger Christensen's body was found in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The cause of death has not been released by it is speculated that he fell during a routine patrol.

Date of Incident: August 6, 2005


The Associated Press

ESTES PARK, Colo.- A hiker found the body of a missing Rocky Mountain National Park ranger Saturday, eight days after the ranger apparently fell during a routine patrol, park officials said.

- No further information on where Jeff Christensen was found or how long he might have survived were released.

More than 200 searchers had been looking for Christensen, 31, in the vast and rugged Mummy Range since July 29. He had told co-workers he was planning a routine backcountry patrol to the Lawn Lake trailhead. Visitors told park officials they saw Christensen that afternoon, but the ranger didn't return that night.

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