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Skeletal Remains Found During Search In Vail's Back Bowls

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A very large search of Vail's Back Bowls area has resulted in the locating of human skeletal remains. According to a release from the Eagle Country Sheriff's Office, the remains are currently believed to be those of Yulong Chen, a Chinese national that had gone missing in the area this past ski season.

"Items found at the scene are consistent with those described by Mr. Chen’s family to have been with him at the time that he was last seen."

The last known activity of Chen, 55, was recorded via scans of his ski pass at various lifts around Vail, according to a report from Vail Daily. This activity took place on February 28, 2019. At that time there was a search conducted, however, that search failed to locate Chen dead or alive.

The search this past weekend was successful in part because of the size of the operation. The joint search effort involved more than a few local agencies, including Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Vail Ski Patrol, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Government, Vail Resorts, El Paso County Search and Rescue Group, Mesa County Search and Rescue Group, Chaffiee County Search and Rescue Group, Summit County Search and Rescue Group, Boulder Rescue Squad, Eagle County Coroner’s Office, Colorado Search and Rescue Association, Front Rand Rescue Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado, Eagle County Paramedic Services and The Vail Public Safety Communications Center.

The investigation into the disappearance of Chen is going to continue. From here, the Eagle Country Coroner's Office will be working to confirm the identity of the remains and the cause of death.


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