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Body of Missing 28 Year-Old Found in Aspen

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searchOn Monday, Aspen, Colorado authorities found the body of a man missing for the past two weeks. It appears he had fallen 100 feet to his death from a bridge. Thomas J. Morgan and Donita Naylor, reporters for The Providence Journal, bring us the details of the accident:

The police in Aspen confirmed Tuesday that a body found under a bridge Monday is that of 28-year-old George Aldrich Jr., a Rhode Island man who has been missing since late November.

The Pitkin County Coroner’s office said Tuesday night that Aldrich’s death appeared to be accidental.

‘The cause of death was multiple trauma blunt force injury secondary to a fall from the Maroon Creek Bridge,’ according to a statement from the coroner’s office, forwarded by the Aspen police. ‘The manner of death was accidental. Toxicology is pending.’ the report said.

The body was found by a group of off-duty searchers from Mountain Rescue Aspen. Boston.com reports that Aldrich was under the influence at the time of the accident, with a blood alcohol content was 0.294.

A lift operator at the Snomass Ski Area, Aldritch had relocated to Colorado from Rhode Island. He was last seen on November 27 having gotten off at the wrong bus stop after meeting friends at a local bar. The body was found, camouflaged by snow, in that vicinity.

Police Chief Richard Pryor says that Aldritch’s grey, plaid jacket was pulled up over his head and the body was covered with snow. Even at a distance of six feet, it was almost impossible to make out the body.

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