The man and his dog were reported missing on Aug. 19 after leaving home “with a plan to summit Blackhead Peak,” according to Taos Search and Rescue
A man has been found dead on a Colorado mountain nearly two months after he disappeared while on a summertime hike with his dog — which was found alive and by his side.
Rich Moore, 71, and his dog were reported missing on Aug. 19 after leaving home “with a plan to summit Blackhead Peak,” according to Taos Search and Rescue.
A local hunter located Moore’s remains in the Lower Blanco drainage basin on Oct. 30, the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release obtained by PEOPLE.
The Pagosa Springs man’s dog, described by the ACSO as a white Jack Russell terrier named Finney, “was found alive” alongside the hiker’s remains, according to TSAR.
The next day, Finney was removed from the site and transported to a local veterinary hospital, the ACSO said. She has since “been reunited with her family.”
Moore’s remains were also recovered from the site on Oct. 31. Authorities have not released an official cause of death, though foul play is not suspected.
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Blackhead Peak is located in the San Juan National Forest in the southwest portion of Colorado.
Crews spent nearly 2,000 hours searching for Moore and Finney before the hunter’s discovery, more than two months after they were reported missing, according to the ACSO.
Moore’s body was found more than two miles east of the peak he was attempting to summit, according to TSAR member Delinda Vanne-Brightyn.
Vanne-Brightyn said she and her certified K9 AkioYodasan “searched just under the peak-top and directly West” while looking for Moore. The duo was inserted into the area by a helicopter because “it was so steep,” she added.
Both Vanne-Brightyn and TSAR offered condolences to Moore’s family, “but are glad they were able to gain some closure as well as bring their dog back home."
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