September 7, 2006
The body of missing Washington hiker/hunter Robert Heichel was located about 1
mile from his hunting camp in Montrose County, Colorado. Heichel had apparently
been struck by lightening and killed instantly. The accident happened sometime
around the 7th of September.
Searchers were alerted Sunday that Heichel may have been missing after a
concerned neighbor noticed he hadn't been in his camp for a few days. Montrose
County Sheriff’s Posse and other authorities began the search and they were soon
joined by various search and rescue organizations.
Initial searchers had found his camp to be fully intact including weapons and
his ATV was located about 1/4 mile from camp.
Heichel's camouflaged body was not discovered until Wednesday the 13th in a
scrub-oak filled canyon. The discovery was made by a cadaver dog brought in from