Missing Fort Collins man found dead at Horsetooth Mountain Park

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The body of a missing Fort Collins man was found at Horsetooth Mountain Park on Thursday after a two-day search.

A Larimer County Natural Resources ranger noticed an unoccupied vehicle parked at Horsetooth Mountain Park on Sunday, according to a news release from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle was still there Wednesday, so the ranger looked up the owner of the vehicle and contacted his family. Family members told the ranger they had not seen or heard from the man in several days. 

Crews from Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services, Larimer County Search and Rescue, and sheriff’s office investigators began searching for the man in the Horsetooth Mountain Park area Wednesday.

Due to extreme weather conditions, the search was suspended at dark Wednesday and resumed at 9 a.m. Thursday, at which time crews deployed a drone and search and rescue dogs to assist. 

A body investigators believe to be the missing man was found around midday Thursday on the west side of Horsetooth Rock. The Larimer County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the man and his cause of death at a later time.

Investigators say they do not suspect foul play. 

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space was closed to the public Thursday while crews searched for the man. 

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Sady Swanson covers public safety, criminal justice, Larimer County government and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at sswanson@coloradoan.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.