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Missing North Carolina hiker found dead in Colorado

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MONTROSE, Colo.  — A North Carolina man’s body has been recovered from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado.

According to the Montrose Press, the man, 24, was found at the base of a cliff off the Warner Route after having been reported as overdue June 11.

Rangers searched by foot early Sunday, then called in a helicopter on Monday, from which the hiker’s body was spotted. Cell phone pings were helpful in finding his location, the National Park Service said.

Rangers recovered the body with help from a Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control helicopter early Tuesday.

The NPS said it appears as though the man fell, though an investigation is underway to try to determine the events leading up to the possible fall.

The body was taken to the Montrose County Coroner to determine cause and manner of death.