Deceased hiker found Saturday morning south of Crater Lake near Aspen ID’ed | VailDaily.com

Deceased hiker found Saturday morning south of Crater Lake near Aspen ID’ed

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A map of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness shows Crater Lake, center left. Jeffrey Bushroe, 27, of Tucson was found dead Saturday morning about a half-mile south of the lake.

ASPEN — Jeffrey Bushroe, 27, of Tucson was found dead Saturday morning by another hiker near Crater Lake at the base of the Maroon Bells outside Aspen. Bushroe sustained "several visible injuries to his head and leg," the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

Bushroe was found about 7 a.m. and believed to be hiking alone, sheriff's investigators said.

Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen arrived on scene, which was about a half-mile south of Crater Lake, at 9:38 a.m. and declared Bushroe dead. He was brought out of the wilderness area about four hours later.

Pitkin County officials said Monday Bushroe's death remains under investigation and an autopsy is pending, so they would not release any additional information.