Officials have confirmed that a body discovered by skiers is that of missing Indian hiker, Dr. James McGrogan, found dead in the Colorado Mountains. McGrogan has been missing since mid-march, after going hiking with a group in an area near Vail, in the Colorado Rockies.
The 39-year-old, Indiana native was a physician, practicing out of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. McGrogan’s autopsy is expected to take place tomorrow, and authorities have been calling the incident an apparent accident. Autopsy results however may help to paint a clearer picture of what exactly may have caused the death of the Indiana ER doctor. Although investigators do not believe foul play to be a factor, many questions remain regarding McGrogan’s death.
Dr. McGrogan was apparently hiking with friends in the Colorado mountains, when he was separated from the larger group. His friends reported that he had food, water, and supplies which included a GPS device. Questions still remain regarding how he could have been separated from the group, how he remained missing for so long, and what exactly may have caused his death.
Though yet unconfirmed, it is believed that the doctor was separated from the group because his friends decided to take a break and he hiked on into the Colorado mountains, intending to meet them at a further location. Investigators also commented on the common occurrence of missing persons taking longer than expected to be found, despite having GPS devices with them.
Along with the supplies and equipment, McGrogan apparently had a cell phone also. All of the supplies, along with the phone were reportedly present when Colorado locals, skiing in the mountains, found his body around 4 miles from a trail he intended to use. It has been more than two weeks since the search for Dr. McGrogan ended, but the finding of his body by skiers is a step closer to understanding the facts surrounding his death.
At present, what is known is that the body of the missing Indiana hiker, Dr. James McGrogan, has been found dead in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. McGrogan’s family and friends have refrained from commenting to the press and at the moment prefer to privately grieve and deal with the loss of their loved one. Time, along with autopsy results will likely shed more light on what exactly cause the doctor to lose his life hiking in the mountains of Colorado.
By Daniel Worku