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Missing Air Force Lt. Col. found dead in Sangre de Cristo mountains

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Posted at 8:50 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 08:57:24-04

CUSTER COUNTY — UPDATE July 29:

An Air Force officer who was reported overduewhile while hiking in the Sangre de Cristo mountains has died.

Custer County Search and Rescue says a Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control helicopter located the remains of Lt. Colonel Dan Wallick. Due to the difficult terrain they were not recovered until Sunday.

Wallick, who was from Salida, was stationed at Schriever Air Force Base.

On Wednesday, July 24, Saguache County received a 911 call reporting him overdue in the Kit Carson Peak/Challenger Point area. Wallick had planned to summit both peaks and a family member said he never returned home.

A cause of death has not yet been released.

News5 will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they are available.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Search operations continue for Dan Wallick, a hiker who was reported overdue to Saguache County on July 24 in the Kit Carson Peak/Challenger Point area.

Wallick, 41, is an active duty Air Force Lieutenant Colonel from Salida.

Officials say he might be wearing a black or navy blue raincoat, a blue short sleeved T-shirt, an orange long-sleeved shirt, and olive green pants.

This photograph of Wallick was taken on July 24.

Agencies assisting with the search for Wallick include Saguache County Search and Rescue, Custer County Search and Rescue, Western State Mountain Rescue Group, and Fremont County Search and Rescue, along with aerial assistance from Flight for Life, National Guard, and Colorado DIvision of Fire Prevention and Control.