Service Ranger Jeff Christensen, 31, of Fraser, Colorado was killed on
Friday July 29, 2005 when he suffered head injuries as a result of a fall
near the south slope of Donner Ridge on Mt. Ypsilon in Rocky Mountain
The accident, which was not witnessed, is estimated to have occurred mid
afternoon on July 29, while Christensen was on a backcountry patrol in the
Mummy Range area of the park. An intensive search and rescue operation was
initiated by the park early on the morning of July 30 and then continued
under the direction of the National Park Serviceís Type II Central Incident
Management Team. Christensen was discovered at approximately 1 p.m. on
Saturday, August 6, 2005, by a group of hikers. His mother and father were
out in the park at the time of discovery and were notified as soon as they
could be reached. The Larimer County Coronerís Office estimated the time of
Christensenís death to be ďlate p.m.Ē on July 29, 2005, which is defined as
between 6 p.m. and midnight.
Christensenís body was recovered Saturday evening, August 6, and
evacuated by helicopter.
Investigators from the National Park Service and the Larimer County
Sheriffís office processed
the accident scene. A National Park Service employee fatality requires a
Investigation Team continue the investigation into Christensenís death.
This team is now
assembling and beginning to gather information. Upon conclusion of the
details will be released.