The body of a man who disappeared on the Grand Mesa last winter was found Wednesday by search and rescue workers. Daniel Walker disappeared after he and his family were caught in one of the worst snow storms in recent memory. Walker left his wife and daughter to get them help, doing so, losing his own life. They were found safe, but the father, an experienced snowshoer, left and was never seen alive again.
A crew in a helicopter from Olathe spotted Walker's remains on a flyover near Jumbo Lake. His body was found not far from where a pair of crossed ski poles were found during the initial search. Mesa County Coroner Rob Kurtzman and two Mesa County Sheriff's deputies flew to the site to recover the remains. Kurtzman confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the remains were Walker's.
The two women, Deborah Walker, his wife, 49, and Camille Walker, his daughter, 18, were found a by the Mesa County Search and Rescue Team in January and were in good shape despite heavy snow, but five days of searching failed to find the Grand Valley engineer. The search was called off because of exhausted search teams and lack of any additional evidence Walker was still moving.
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