Summit Co John Doe 2016

Summit County John Doe

On July 10, 2016 hikers in the White River National Forest discovered a human skull in an area known as the Sky Chutes between Copper Mountain Resort and Breckenridge, Summit County, Colorado. Nearly a month later, on August 3, 2016 searchers found human skeletal remains and personal items nearby. A forensic pathologist determined the remains to be that of a white male, 5’5 to 6’3, 30 to 50 years old, with strawberry blond hair. Evidence indicated he was a smoker. Damage to the skull was consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head from a Glock .45 handgun found near the remains. Two water bottles with the personal items were dated February 7, 2012, indicating the man most likely died in 2012. Other items found with the body, advanced survival gear including a high-tech headlamp and foot traction devices, were inconsistent with suicide and have baffled investigators.

NamUS ID: UP15466
Date Body Found: July 10, 2016
Estimated Age:
Estimated PMI:
4 years
Breckenridge, CO

Agency of Jurisdiction
Park County Sheriff’s Office
Wendy Kipple, Detective Sergeant
[email protected]

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Status: Research in progress

Last Updated: August 6, 2020

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September 26, 2019