Missing Gahanna hiker found dead in Colorado

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Missing Gahanna hiker found dead in Colorado

Postby chief joe » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:01 pm

A Gahanna man missing since Tuesday in the mountains of Colorado was found dead early this evening near Durango.

Sgt. Dan Bender with the La Plata sheriff's office said Joshua Gulvas, 21, apparently had fallen off a cliff and died instantly. His body was located by a helicopter and recovered by search teams about 9 p.m. EDT in the Weminuche Wilderness area.

Gulvas had been hiking with his father, Rand, when the two took separate trails. When his son didn't show up at the rendezvous point a half-mile away, Rand Gulvas hiked back to his car and the search began.

Bender said Joshua Gulvas' body was found about 2 miles southeast of where his father had last seen him.
"He fell about 300 feet, and there's some solace in the fact that he died instantly and didn't have to suffer," Bender said.

Joshua Gulvas was a junior studying nursing at Otterbein College.
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Re: Missing Gahanna hiker found dead in Colorado

Postby chief joe » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:28 pm

This is tragic and also seems strange to me. I can't really put my finger on it.
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Postby Todd » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:02 am

It says, they were going to meet at a "rendezvous point a half-mile away" and then goes on to say, "Gulvas' body was found about 2 miles southeast of where his father had last seen him".

Which is a little odd in that seems like a long way off track. However, when hiking it's easy to see something in the distance and want to get to it and it turns out further than you think. Falling, is one of the biggest killers of hikers. People just aren't cautious enough around cliff areas IMO. We had a local 18 year old killed in a fall at a waterfalls here this week. Just graduated from High School a couple months ago.
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