Visiting Cincy man found dead near Boreas Pass
February 26, 2008
SUMMIT COUNTY A man vacationing in Breckenridge with friends was found deceased in bed in a home on Boreas Pass early Tuesday morning. According to the Summit County Coroner, 55-year old John Smurda of Cincinnati, Ohio, died of natural causes and had a medical history with heart disease. We dont know yet if altitude played a serious factor in the death, said Coroner Joanne Richardson. But with a previous heart condition, being at altitude over 11,000 feet doesnt help.So far there have been 15 deaths reported in Summit County in 2008.