Texas hiker Jeffrey Pickering, who was reported missing Friday, was found dead Saturday night in northern Chaffee County.
Pickering, 44, of Grapevine, Texas, was pronounced dead on the scene after searchers found his body in heavy brush near CR 306 at the Avalanche Trailhead.
Texas authorities reported Pickering was hiking in the Chaffee County area on or around Sept. 3 and was to return to work in Texas Sept. 5.
They said Pickering’s last cellphone activity indicated he was in the Cottonwood Pass area in northern Chaffee County.
Chaffee County sheriff’s deputies found Pickering’s vehicle parked and unoccupied at the Avalanche trailhead where the Colorado Trail intersects with CR 306.
Deputies contacted Chaffee County Search and Rescue North, who searched for Pickering Saturday, finding his body at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The Chaffee County coroner transported the body to the coroner’s office and said an autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.
Foul play is not suspected, according to the release.
Spezze said more than 16 agencies participated in the search, including 60 hikers, three helicopters, two air-scent dogs with handlers, one fixed-wing aircraft, two all-terrain vehicle teams, two horseback teams and a drone.