A man who got lost in the woods east of the Vail ski area Monday was rescued by searchers, but the body of his friend who had gone hiking with him was later found in the same area, reports The Denver Post.
The dead man was identified as Samuel Failla, 24, of New Jersey.
The first man called 911 about 7 pm on Monday to report that he had fallen off of a trail and had spent several hours trying to hike out to safety. The Vail Mountain Rescue Group and the Vail Ski Patrol found the man and brought him to safety.
The man, whom police are not yet naming, failed to tell rescuers that he had been accompanied by a friend. Authorities said he later told them that he assumed his friend had gotten out of the woods on his own.
At 9:30 am Tuesday, the man who had been rescued called the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office to report that Failla hadn’t shown up. When search and rescue crews returned to the same area they combed Monday, they found Failla’s body.
The Eagle County coroners’ office is working to determine the cause of death. Officials are asking that anyone with information about this incident to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007.