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Coroner identifies body of missing Vail man

Contact: Kara Bettis, Eagle County Coroner, 970-328-2808 or  

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis has positively identified the body of James “Jamie” Garrett, who was reported missing on July 7. Members of a Vail Mountain Rescue search team located Garrett at approximately 1 p.m. July 9 on Muddy Pass Road north of Vail.

Crews searched the vicinity around the Piney River based on information from friends that Garrett might be in the area. He was last seen on July 5.

Bettis has ruled the manner of death as suicide. Agencies assisting in the search included Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Police Department and Vail Mountain Rescue.