Snowmobiler Death, White River National Forest

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (KKCO)- On Feb. 5 at approximately 3:36 P.M., the Garfield County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to respond to a snowmobiler death in the Flattops Area of the White River National Forest.

The snowmobiler was Frank Maseto, a 80-year-old male, who was a resident of Glenwood Springs, CO.

The death was approximately nine miles north of Glenwood Springs near Baxter Peak.

According to a family member that was riding with the decedent, the coroner’s office and law enforcement investigators learned that the snowmobiler did not crash, but appeared to have a medical event.

Classic Air Medical of Glenwood Springs launched a helicopter to the area and was unable to land near the patient due to terrain and trees.

A flight paramedic was relayed to the patient by family on snowmobiles. The paramedic determined that the patient had died.

However the helicopter was unable to assist with the recovery of the person due to a incoming snowstorm in the area.

On Feb.7, the Garfield County Coroner’s Office contract pathologist performed an autopsy, which revealed that Mr. Maseto died of natural causes.

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