Missing Indian Hiker, Dr. James McGrogan, Found Dead in Colorado Mountains

ColoradoOfficials 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

CBS

Chesterton Tribune

WSBT

4 Responses to "Missing Indian Hiker, Dr. James McGrogan, Found Dead in Colorado Mountains"

  1. ken   July 22, 2015 at 7:15 am

    the 4 miles is entirely misleading-this is 4 air miles….the land routes are nearer 16 miles and JM simply could not have got point to point across that terrain having left a fairly clearly delineated route .His body was also found without boots. I think its very clear he was transported.Q is by what?

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  2. kristina   December 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Maybe another 411 case?

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  3. Smoky Stover   April 5, 2014 at 5:40 am

    RIP Jimmy Squintz.

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  4. HS   April 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Hmm, smells fishy to me. Here is a Dr. with a cell phone and GPS, and leaves the group, which can happen, but people know better to do that these days, don’t they? And to be found 4 miles OFF the trail, after he “told his friends” that he would meet them at a further location. Obviously a “further location” means somewhere his friends could easily find him, meaning somewhere along the trail, not 4 miles off the beaten path and into the forest. I think this case needs to be handled very carefully.

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