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29-Year-Old Hiker Patrick Eells Found Dead After Apparent Fall

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - Search and rescue crews say they found the body of a 29-year-old hiker who disappeared on Mount Emma over the weekend. The San Miguel Sheriff's Office says Patrick Eels, of Telluride, was found Monday afternoon, on the Dallas-Gilpin ridge about 3.5 miles north of Telluride.

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(credit: San Miguel Sheriff)

Eells' girlfriend told crews he was an experienced mountaineer and set out to hike from Telluride, run on Sneffels Highline and possibly climb Mount Emma on Sunday.

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(credit: San Miguel Sheriff)

He was reported missing late Sunday night. Crews deployed to find him Monday morning using aircraft.

The sheriff's office says Eells had traumatic injuries from apparently falling.

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(credit: San Miguel Sheriff)

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Eells who so clearly was in the prime of his life,"  Sheriff Masters said.

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