Aug 2, 2010 11:52 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Couple washed over 500-foot Colorado cliff identified

Authorities say a husband and wife from Texas died while rock climbing in Colorado, apparently after being caught in a severe storm. The Custer County coroner says he believes a severe storm washed the couple off the mountain, causing them to fall about 500 feet into a mudslide area.

The couple has now been identified. The bodies of Duane Buhrmester, 57 and Linda Buhrmester, 56 of Plano were found Sunday afternoon on Crestone Needle. The mountain in the Sangre de Cristo range is a popular climbing destination with a summit over 14,000 feet.

The captain of Custer County Search & Rescue, Bob Pruiksma, says the couple appeared to have been dead several days. The couple's son reported them missing Saturday after they failed to return from a camping trip.


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