New York man’s body found in Rocky Mountain National Park

Searchers in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday found a body that was later confirmed to be a missing 24-year-old New York man.

Steven “Steve” Grunwald, of Greenville, N.Y., was reported missing by a friend Thursday. Rangers found his vehicle parked at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead that day, according to a news release from the national park. His exact route was unknown, but it was believed he may have been attempting the Glacier Gorge Traverse on Aug. 29.

After searching the area since Friday, searchers on Monday found a body believed to be Grunwald in the Notch below McHenrys and Powell Peaks.

Rocky Mountain National Park rangers completed an on-scene investigation and recovery operations took place by helicopter Monday.

The body was flown to a landing zone in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park and transferred to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.

On Tuesday, Larimer County Coroner James Wilkerson positively identified the body as Grunwald and ruled the death an accident due to multiple blunt force injuries.

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