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Body found near Vail ID'd as missing Indiana hiker

By: Associated Press
April 4, 2014 Updated: April 4, 2014 at 11:48 am
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photo - James C. McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind.
James C. McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind. 

EAGLE — Authorities have confirmed that a body found in Colorado's mountains is that of a missing hiker from Indiana.

Thirty-nine-year-old James C. McGrogan of Chesterton, Ind., disappeared March 14 after he got separated from a group hiking to a backcountry hut. His body was found Thursday north of Vail by a group of backcountry skiers about 4 ½ miles from the trail.

Coroner Kara Bettis said Friday that an autopsy must still be done to determine how McGrogan died.

McGrogan was a physician who worked in the emergency department of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind.

Fellow hikers said he had food, water, medical supplies, a GPS and other tools. A five-day search on the ground and from the air failed to find any sign of him.

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