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Fatality on Crested Butte Mountain

On July 14, 2016, at approximately 12:20, Michelle Kartschoke, age 46 of Prior Lake, Minnesota died as a result of a fall while hiking near the summit of Mt. Crested Butte located in the Gunnison National Forest. Ms. Kartschoke was hiking with family members at the time of the fall. She suffered significant trauma to her head and body and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Crested Butte Bike Patrol and staff members responded immediately. “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family during their time of loss,” says Erica Mueller, spokesperson for Crested Butte Mountain Resort. “And to all of those who assisted in today’s incident, thank you for your time and care. Our hearts are with you as well.”

Crested Butte Search and Rescue was dispatched for the recovery of Ms. Kartschoke.

More information will be forthcoming.

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