For nearly five months, multiple search-and-rescue teams tried to find missing hiker Josh Hall.
Hall and his dog, Happy, disappeared Feb. 3 after starting a hike at the Hessie Trailhead in Boulder County. They were headed toward Devil’s Thumb Lake when a snowstorm rolled in.
Eight days after the hike, someone found Happy alive on a highway several miles northeast of the trailhead. A miracle, some would say, but by then, rescuers weren’t too hopeful Hall had also survived.
On Thursday, July 1, several searches and months later, a volunteer with Front Range Rescue Dogs (FRRD) made a discovery, a day before a larger search for Hall had been scheduled.
The volunteer and their canine found Hall’s remains about four miles west of the Hessie Trailhead. The Boulder County Coroner’s Office positively identified the remains as Hall’s on Saturday, but the cause of his death is still under investigation.
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