A body found northeast of Vail has been identified as an Indiana doctor who went missing while hiking last month, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said Friday.
The cause and manner of death for James C. McGrogan, 39, of Chesterton, Ind., will be determined after an autopsy is performed, the coroner said.
Three skiers came across the body in an ice fall below Booth Falls on Thursday afternoon and reported it to 911, said Eagle County sheriff's spokeswoman Jessie Mosher.
McGrogan, an emergency room doctor, went missing on March 14 after he became separated from his group while hiking to the Eiseman Hut. His companions told deputies that McGrogan decided to hike ahead of them, but when the rest of the group reached the hut, McGrogan wasn’t there, Mosher said.
McGrogan was carrying a large pack with food, water, basic medical supplies, a sleeping bag, avalanche beacon, GPS and warm clothing.
Search and rescue efforts were called off after an exhaustive search lasting five days with no clues to aid finding McGrogan, Mosher said.
Booth Falls is located about 4 and 1/2 miles east of the trail that leads to the Eiseman Hut, Mosher said. This area was searched by aircraft and ground teams during the five-day hunt for McGrogan, she added.