Missing Edwards man found in open space suspected to have died by suicide
Sheriff’s Office: Man was a long-time beloved local
Editor’s note: It is rare for the Vail Daily to report on death by suicide except in cases when the death by suicide involves a public person, occurs in a public place or involves public resources. Death by suicide is a public health issue, and it is the Vail Daily’s intention to raise awareness in a responsible manner and encourage those who are at risk to seek help.
A local 53-year-old man reported missing by family members early Tuesday morning was later found dead in a secluded area of the Edwards Open Space around 10 a.m., the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office announced.
The man, “a long-time beloved local,” is suspected to have died by suicide, the sheriff’s office said. He was reported missing by family members when he did not arrive home overnight.
A signal to the man’s cell phone led law enforcement to the open space, where they located his vehicle, and a K-9 team later discovered his body near the river.
The Eagle County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s name pending family notifications.
Multiple agencies were involved in the search and recovery efforts, including Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Coroner’s Office, and the Vail Public Safety Communications Center.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, or experiencing a loss, please call the Eagle Hope Center at 970-306-HOPE (4673) or Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-8255.