UPDATE: Hiker whose body was found near Vail fell to death

UPDATED Monday, April 7, 2014 --- 7:18 p.m.

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities say an Indiana man whose body was found north of Vail about three weeks after he became separated from fellow hikers fell to his death.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said Monday that 39-year-old James McGrogan died of multiple injuries, including head trauma. His death has been ruled an accident.

McGrogan, of Chesterton, Ind., disappeared March 14, and his body was found Thursday by a group of backcountry skiers about 4 1/2 miles from the trail. He was a physician who recently returned to Indiana from Wisconsin to work in the emergency room of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, April 4, 2014 --- 12:47 p.m.

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities have confirmed that a body found in Colorado's mountains is that of a missing hiker from Indiana.

Thirty-nine-year-old James C. McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind. disappeared March 14 after he got separated from a group hiking to a backcountry hut. His body was found Thursday north of Vail by a group of backcountry skiers about 4 1/2 miles from the trail.

Coroner Kara Bettis said Friday that an autopsy must still be done to determine how he died.

McGrogan was a physician who recently returned to Indiana from Wisconsin to work in the emergency room of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka .

Fellow hikers said he had food, water, medical supplies, a GPS and other tools. A five-day search failed to find any sign of him.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Thursday, April 3, 2014 --- 11:15 p.m.

Shortly after 1:00 p.m., the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says they received report of a deceased male located near the Booth Falls area North of Vail, Colorado.

The reporting party told authorities that he and two others were skiing the Booth Falls area when they located the deceased individual in an ice fall below Booth Falls.

It is believed that the deceased male may be 39-year-old James McGrogan who went missing in this area back on March 14, 2014.

The identity of the deceased and the cause of death will be determined and released by the Eagle County Coroner’s Office.

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 19, 2014 --- 7:29 p.m.

Eagle County Colo. – After an exhausted search lasting five days, with no clues to locate James McGrogan, search and rescue efforts have now turned to a recovery mission. The thoughts and prayers of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Mountain Rescue Group go out to the McGrogan family.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 --- 7:25 p.m.

Friends of a southern Wisconsin doctor are praying for his safe return, after he went missing during a hiking trip in Colorado.

39-year-old Jim McGrogan went missing on Friday, March 14, during a hiking trip near Vail, Colorado.

Crews have spent a combined 1,000 hours searching for McGrogan. However rescue efforts for McGrogan had to be suspended yesterday after high winds and snow made it too dangerous to continue.

Dr. McGrogran routinely rotated through the Beloit and Stoughton emergency rooms since 2006. The Beloit Health System released a statement saying, "Our thoughts go out to the family in this difficult time. We were as surprised as anyone else to hear what happened."

Stoughton Hospital says they are, " Very saddened and hope for a good outcome." and request "prayers and support for McGrogan and his family."

McGrogan moved to Indiana last month to be closer to his family.


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