Body of experienced hiker who went missing in the Silverthorne area recovered

The body of a missing hiker who went missing near Silverthorne earlier this week was recovered late Thursday, according to the Summit County Rescue Group.

Ken May, 71, an experienced hiker, planned to hike to Willow and Salmon lakes with a detour to the summit of Mount Silverthorne on Wednesday. He was expected to return later in the evening, but never came back.

May, who was equipped with a SPOT tracking device that sent automatic GPS position updates, was last known to be descending from the summit of Mount Silverthorne at 1:20 p.m. with his last coordinates received about 5:30 p.m., placing him on the ridge line descending from the mountain towards Salmon Lake. His device then stopped sending signals, according to Summit County Rescue Group spokesman Charles Pitman.

Wednesday evening, SCRG sent teams to the area, but couldn’t find May after an all-night search. They began searching again Thursday morning.

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