The body of an Air Force lieutenant colonel has been recovered after he was reported to have gone missing while hiking in the Colorado mountains.
Following an exhausting search and rescue effort that began on July 24, the corpse of 41-year-old LTC USAF Dan Wallick was located by a Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control helicopter on Saturday,
According to the Denver Post, the recovery of Wallick’s body was hampered by poor weather and difficult terrain, and the effort to recover his remains went on until Sunday.
A Facebook post on a private mountaineering page detailed the rescue operation, and one climber even snapped a photo of a UH-60 Black Hawk reportedly involved in the body recovery operation.
“He took the Willow Creek trail from the trailhead by Crestone. His father confirmed his car was located at the trailhead,” the post read. “He then went to Challenger where he summited at 11:00 and then to Kit Carson at 12:12. His descent was back towards Challenger, but it is not known what he did from the saddle on the way down.”
Among the units involved in the rescue effort were the Saguache County Search and Rescue, Baca Grande Volunteer Fire Department, Custer County Search and Rescue (CCSAR), Western Mountain Rescue Team, Fremont Search and Rescue, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Alpine Rescue Team, US Forest Service, Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC), Colorado Search and Rescue (CSAR), leadership from his assigned command, as well as aerial assets from Flight for Life, Buckley Air Force Base Colorado Army National Guard (COANG), and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (CO DFPC) aircraft.
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