Human remains that were recently discovered from a campsite in western Colorado are believed to be of the missing Chicago man, James Nelson.
Nelson was reported missing after he failed to return from a planned five-day hiking trip in 2010.
According to details, a camper found the remains when he was out and about near the town of Holy Cross City, trying to scout for good camping sites. On Friday, he came upon that camping site, which was apparently used by Nelson, who died on the same spot. The 31-year-old man was reported missing on 3rd October, 2010, by his fiance after he did not return from a five-day, 25-mile hike of the Holy Cross Wilderness Area near Minturn, Colo.
When the camper returned, he informed the authorities about the discovery and then on Saturday, the Vail Mountain Rescue team and detectives from the Eagle County Sheriff's Office hiked to the location and discovered the human remains lying there. The remains were then brought down and were sent to the Eagle County coroner for a positive identification and knowing the cause of death. So far, the coroner has not shared the reports.
Some of Nelson's possessions were also found near the camping site and notes from his journal indicated that he may have been suffering from altitude sickness at the time of his disappearance. It is being speculated that the sickness might have had some part to play in his death. Possibilities of any sort of foul play have been ruled out.
There are some things reported missing from Nelson's gear and amongst those things are his camera, GPS unit and a camp stove. It is being speculated that whoever took those items was not aware that there was a dead man lying nearby.
Nelson's route also included the summit of 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross, but he did not sign the summit register - which means that he died before reaching there.
The discovery of James Nelson's remains has ended his search, which was still going on and hopefully this news is going to provide some closure to the family.