Three “heavily decomposed” remains were discovered at a remote Colorado campsite in the Rocky Mountains, where they may have been since late last year, according to authorities.
The “heavily decomposed” bodies of 3 hikers discovered at Colorado Campsite are being looked into by the police.
According to Gunnison County Undersheriff Josh Ashe, a hiker spotted one of the deaths late on Sunday and alerted authorities, who later discovered the other two after visiting the Colorado campsite on Monday.
According to Gunnison County Sheriff Adam Murdie, one of the dead was outside the Colorado campsite while the other two were found inside a small, zipped-up tent. The remote Colorado Campsite was located in a secluded part of the woods, out of the usual hiking route.
He stated that there were tarps, personal items, and a lean-to made of local logs over a fireplace at the Colorado campsite location.
According to Murdie, “this is not a typical occurrence anywhere, by any means,” adding that his department doesn’t believe the discovery poses a concern to campers or hikers nearby the remote Colorado campsite.
According to Ashe of CBS News, “didn’t observe anything on-scene that makes us believe that there was crime involved in this,” including no firearms or violent behavior.
He added that the coroner won’t reveal the identities of the deceased found at the remote Colorado campsite until their next of kin have been notified, adding that the sheriff’s department is searching for missing people reports that would shed light on the situation but hasn’t discovered any yet.
They were probably there throughout the winter and possibly since last fall, according to Murdie, who described the bodies as “fairly mummified” and in an advanced state of decomposition. Autopsies will be challenging and take at least three weeks because of the degeneration, he said.
The sheriff stated that the cause of death won’t be known for sure until the examinations are finished. “Whether they froze to death in the winter or the combination of starved or froze, that’s what it sure seems like,” he added.
According to Murdie, it’s more normal for campers or hunters at the Colorado campsite to pass away from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by utilizing heaters in enclosed quarters, but this case is unique due to how the bodies were discovered and how far away the Colorado campsite was from civilization.