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June 8, 2016

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Update-Humane Remains Found at Eldora Mountain Ski Resort

Investigation continues into the still unidentified remains

Boulder County, Colo. - UPDATE- The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation into human remains and the men’s left Rugged Outback boot found at the Eldora Mountain Ski Resort. It was previously reported the boot is not believed to belong to Ryder Johnson. This determination was made in concert with Ryder’s family and due to the size of the boot. Family members and friends were not familiar with the brand of boot that was located and did not think Ryder owned anything similar.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office is pursuing DNA testing; in an effort to help identify the remains.

The boot is a Rugged Outback men's Apex Leather waterproof boot, size 13. The boot pictured is not the actual boot, but the same brand and style.

On June 1, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Eldora Mountain Ski Resort where an employee reported finding a single snow-style boot containing what he believed to be human remains.

After discovering the remains a search of the area was undertaken. Personnel from the Nederland Fire Protection District, the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, three cadaver dogs from Front Range Rescue Dogs, and Eldora Ski Resort personnel, assisted the Sheriff's Emergency Services Unit in the search efforts.

In total, 180 acres, including eight miles of Nordic trials were searched by horseback, around the ski resort. The areas searched included all areas of the ski resort grounds that are not covered by snow. Additional search efforts will not be undertaken until the snow pack dissipates.

Despite the conclusion of the search effort, sheriff's investigators will continue to work in conjunction with the Boulder County Coroner's Office to determine who the boot and the human remains belong to. Anyone with information that may relate to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Mark Spurgeon at (303) 441-3615.

The associated case number to this investigation is 16-3148.