Body of retired special forces officer found, fall on Mount Antero suspected |

Body of retired special forces officer found, fall on Mount Antero suspected

The body of a 61-year-old retired U.S. Army Special Forces lieutenant colonel was found today near Cascade Falls in Chaffee County.

Wayne Kirkbride of Monument set out Sunday to climb Mount Antero​. A search began Monday and ended this afternoon when a U.S. Army helicopter pilot spotted his body at about 3:30 p.m.

It appeared he fell from the “crest of a steep slope,” the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Department said in a media release.

Investigators have not determined the time of of death. The Sheriff’s Department said recovering the body will be difficult because of the steep, rocky terrain.

An attempt to remove the body will take place Wednesday.

Kirkbride had been staying at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort with his wife for a military reunion last weekend when he set out to hike the 14,237-foot peak alone.

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