Body of hunter lost near Durango is recovered |

Body of hunter lost near Durango is recovered

DURANGO (AP) – The body of a bear hunter who got lost in the mountains last weekend has been recovered.Rescue workers spotted the body of Jesse Heath, 40, on Tuesday from the air but bad weather prevented them from reaching it until Wednesday.There were no obvious signs of how the Grand Junction man died and an autopsy was planned, said Butch Knowlton, the La Plata County director of emergency preparedness.Rescue workers were slowed by heavy rain, fog and rugged terrain in the San Juan National Forest as they searched for Heath. They worked all day Wednesday to reach him and a horse belonging to Colorado Mounted Rangers broke its leg and had to be killed, Knowlton said.Heath had been hunting with his father on Saturday but he became lost after they split up. He kept in contact with his father by walkie-talkie but he was unable to orient himself on a map, sheriff’s Lt. Dan Bender said.He also had a cell phone and used it to leave messages for his mother a few times Sunday night. He said he had some cover and a fire and called later to say that he had moved closer to a stream.His body was found in Hermosa Creek, six miles east of where he left his father.

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