Montrose, COLO.—The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office recovered a body in the Red Canyon area adjacent to the Black Canyon. The sheriff’s office has been searching for a missing hunter reported in the area, Calvin Prochnow of Grand Junction since Sunday afternoon. At this time, the identification of the body is pending official release from the Montrose County Coroner’s Office.
Since Sunday, over 75 people have assisted in this search and recovery effort. Crews searched over 1,300 acres based on the last known location of the missing person. On Tuesday afternoon, flight crews noticed a body in steep and rugged terrain on the south side of Red Canyon in a very remote location. This morning, recovery crews flew in by helicopter, dropped near the location of the body, and the team hiked in to begin the recovery process.
“As an avid outdoor community, this type of incident affects us all,” said Commander Ty Cox. “We would like to express our condolences to the Prochnow family and community. On behalf of the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, we are grateful to our partners for their assistance with this search and recovery effort—this recovery would not have been possible without the additional resources and volunteers.”
At this time, foul play is not suspected and the case is under investigation by the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office. The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the following partner agencies for their assistance: Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse, search and rescues crews from Delta search and rescue, West Elk Search and Rescue, Olathe Spray Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Ouray Mountain Rescue, Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and CareFlight of Parachute/Rifle.