The dead body of an unidentified man was recovered near Pearl Pass Road on Friday after a hiker found his partially decomposed remains near a creek, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Michael Buglione said an autopsy on Saturday could not reveal the man’s identity or cause of death. He was found lying near a creek off of a unmarked trail with several layers of clothing on, including socks on his hands covered by gloves. Light gear was found near his body. He did not appear to be wearing hunting apparel but a mish-mash of different types of clothing, Buglione said. He had no identification on him. The body is not identifiable by sight because of decomposition.
“There is nothing obviously suspicious,” Buglione said about the death.
An Aspen woman who was hiking with her dog in the area, which is past Pine Creek Cookhouse and off Castle Creek Road leading to Pearl Pass, found the body and called the sheriff’s office at about 3:30 p.m.
There were no campsites nearby and Buglione said the man had been “dead for more than a few days.”
Buglione said there have been no missing person reports filed with the sheriff’s office in the last several months.