Texas couple dies in rock climbing fall in Colorado
August 2, 2010
WESTCLIFFE, Colorado – Authorities say a husband and wife from Texas died while rock climbing in Colorado, apparently after being caught in a severe storm.The bodies of 57-year-old Duane Buhrmester and 56-year-old Linda Buhrmester of Plano were found Sunday afternoon on Crestone Needle. The mountain in the Sangre de Cristo range is a popular climbing destination with a summit over 14,000 feet.The captain of Custer County Search & Rescue, Bob Pruiksma, says the couple appeared to have been dead several days. The couple’s son reported them missing Saturday after they failed to return from a camping trip.The Custer County coroner says he believes a severe storm washed the couple off the mountain, causing them to fall about 500 feet into a mudslide area.