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Ranger Jeff Christensen Rocky Mountain National Park

Jeff ChristensenNational Park 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 National Park.

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 Serious Accident Investigation Team continue the investigation into Christensenís death. This team is now
assembling and beginning to gather information. Upon conclusion of the investigation more details will be released.


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Final Report Regarding Jeff Christensenís fatality
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Q&A Related to Jeff Christensenís Accident
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Jeff Christensen photos of Rocky Mountain Park while on patrol in July 2005
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