“After an exhausted search lasting five days, with no clues to locate James McGrogan, search and rescue efforts have now turned to a recovery mission,” the statement reads. “The thoughts and prayers of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Mountain Rescue Group go out to the McGrogan family.”
McGrogan, a 39-year-old Indiana doctor, disappeared after separating from his group Friday morning on a trip to Eiseman Hut north of Vail. McGrogan went on ahead of his three companions during a morning break.
When the other three reached the hut at 5:30 p.m., McGrogan wasn’t there, prompting a massive multi-agency search and rescue operation.