Colorado officials may have found body of missing Chesterton man

2014-04-03T22:00:00Z 2014-04-04T13:13:11Z Colorado officials may have found body of missing Chesterton manElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

CHESTERTON | Officials in Colorado believe they may have found the body of a Chesterton man who went missing last month while on a hiking trip. 

A group of skiers Thursday afternoon discovered the body of a man near Booth Falls, which is about 4.5 miles from the trail Dr. James C. McGrogan, 39, of Chesterton, was walking on with friends, according to a news release from the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. The Eagle County coroner's office had not positively identified the man and had not determined a cause of death as of Thursday night.

The body was found in an ice fall below Booth Falls, police said.

McGrogan went missing March 14 while hiking with friends to the Eiseman Hut near Vail, Colo. Friends told police McGrogan decided to walk ahead of his friends after they stopped to take a break.

McGrogan was nowhere to be found when the group eventually made it to Eiseman Hut.

Colorado officials searched for McGrogan for five days before deciding to turn their efforts into a recovery mission rather than rescue.

McGrogan is a 1993 graduate of Chesterton High School and returned to the area from Wisconsin last summer. He worked as an emergency room doctor at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka. 

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