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Hunter Found Dead In Mesa County, Search Continues In Delta County

October 26, 2011

From KJCT8.com

SILT, Colo. -- The second of two missing hunters near Mosquito Lake has been found dead. Jim McCarthy, of Glenwood Springs, and his father-in-law, Jose Rodriguez, were first reported missing from their hunting camp Tuesday night. Deputies and volunteers were quickly able to find Rodriguez and continued their search for McCarthy.

Early this afternoon, an Army National Guard helicopter spotted the body of a man they believed to be the missing hunter. Around that same time searchers on the ground recovered the body. Medical personnel were soon guided to McCarthy's deceased body.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says that even though the disappearance was reported quickly, they still faced challenges with this rescue. "Because there was a low ceiling of clouds, the snow was on and off all day, the helicopter was unable to fly," said Mesa County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Heather Benjamin. "And so for the ground search and rescue people out there it also was a challenge for them to see long distance or for someone to see them and so that is our biggest challenge in an area like this, is more the weather as opposed to the terrain."

Mesa County Deputies and Search & Rescue volunteers were joined by volunteers from Garfield, Pitkin, and Routt counties. McCarthy's family has been notified of his death. Late Friday, the Mesa County Coroner's Office released its autopsy results. McCarthy was found to have heart disease that lead to his demise. He had no signs of hypothermia. Therefore the Cause of Death was Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease and the Manner of Death was Natural.

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