|The body of a 29-year-old woman from Mexico was recovered on Tuesday, May 1, from the South Zapata Creek area on the west slope of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
Custer County Search and Rescue led the multi-team response on Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1.
The mutual aid request came from Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue.
According to the Alamosa Valley Courier, Selene Jara, 29, and her husband and two daughters had visited the Zapata Falls area on Sunday. The husband, who lives in Antonito, and daughters returned to the car and the victim reportedly continued to hike in the South Zapata Creek area. When she failed to return Sunday evening, authorities were notified.
Ground teams started their search on Monday, and were recalled at dark. The search resumed early Tuesday and the hiker’s body was located shortly before 1 p.m..
The Alamosa County sheriff said the terrain where the woman’s body was found was rugged, and she may have become disoriented and fell down an embankment.
Seven county search and rescue teams were involved in the mission: Rio Grande, South Chaffee, Conejos, Saguache, Pueblo, Custer and Fremont.
A Larimer County member of the SAR Dogs of Colorado also assisted. In addition Flight for Life of Colorado, Division of Fire Prevention and Control’s Multi Mission Aircraft, American Red Cross and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board also assisted the Alamosa team and the Alamosa County Sheriff’s office.
The mission was successfully completed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday May 1 and all teams were released from the scene.
An autopsy was to be performed to learn the cause of death.