Body of Breck man found below third-floor balcony
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WILDERNEST ” The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 18-year-old Breckenridge resident Michael Milberger, whose body was found Monday night below a third-floor balcony in Wildernest where he was last seen.
Milberger was found on the ground below the balcony of unit 2533 at the New Lamartine condominiums on Ryan Gulch Road at about 10:30 p.m.
Attempts by sheriff’s deputies and emergency services personnel to revive Milberger were unsuccessful, according to sheriff’s spokesperson Paulette Horr.
Horr said a party had been going on at the unit at the time of the incident.
Detectives don’t suspect foul play, she said.
“It sounds like it was a real unfortunate accident,” Horr said. “It’s just a shame to happen to such a young kid.”
Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said there did not appear to be any witnesses to the incident, although detectives are interviewing neighbors to verify whether or not anyone saw anything, Horr said.
The condominium where the incident occurred is the top unit in the three-level building. The small, rectangular balcony sits about 40 feet above an asphalt road used to access covered parking in the rear of the condos. From the ground, the balcony’s approximately 4-foot tall railing did not appear to have been broken or damaged.
Richardson said alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in Milberger’s death, and that approximately 20 minutes passed between the time of the incident and when Milberger’s body was found. An autopsy and toxicology tests have been ordered.
Milberger had only lived in Breckenridge for a few months, but news of his death shook his friends in the area.
Silverthorne resident Carly Walsh met Mikey, as his friends called him, last year. The two spent most of their time together snowboarding.
“He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met,” Walsh said. “He hardly ever put down people and always stuck up for his friends and was just an all-around great person.”
Prior to moving to the mountains, Milberger was a student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
A young male who answered the door of the Wildernest unit Tuesday morning declined a request for an interview.
Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at
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