VALPARAISO | A body discovered Thursday by back country skiers in Colorado has been identified as 39-year-old Chesterton resident James McGrogan, who went missing March 14 while on a hiking trip.
McGrogan's body was about 4.5 miles east of the trail he was hiking with friends in the Booth Falls area north of Vail, according to Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis.
The body was reportedly found in an ice fall below Booth Falls, police said.
Bettis said the cause and manner of death will be determined after an autopsy is performed.
McGrogan was reported missing after becoming separated from his group while hiking to the Eiseman Hut. Friends told police McGrogan decided to walk ahead after they stopped to take a break.
McGrogan was nowhere to be found when the group eventually made it to Eiseman Hut.
McGrogan is a 1993 graduate of Chesterton High School and returned to the area from Wisconsin last summer. He worked as an emergency room physician at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.