KUSA - The body of 39-year-old Pawel Abramczyk was recovered Sunday afternoon after he was reported missing by the friends who he had been attempting to summit Longs Peak with.
Abramczyk, who is from Thornton, was last seen at the top of the Loft at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. He had been winter mountaineering in the area with two friends when he tried to descend down to the trailhead, according to the National Park Service.
When Abramczyk's friends got back to the trailhead later that day, rangers say they noticed his vehicle was still in the parking lot – prompting them to report him missing.
A search and rescue team found his body at around noon on Sunday halfway up the Loft.
A helicopter recovered Abramczyk's body later that evening.
As is the case with all fatalities in Rocky Mountain National Park, an investigation is ongoing.
Longs Peak is the northernmost fourteener in the Rocky Mountains, standing at 14,259 feet.
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