JeffCo deputies: Hiker missing near Bailey found dead

Nicolas Coates (Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

Nicolas Coates (Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A hiker who went missing Wednesday near Bailey was found dead Thursday afternoon, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

The cause and circumstances of the death were under investigation.

The sheriff’s office said Nicholas Coates, 21, went for a short hike about 4 p.m. Wednesday but had not been seen since. Police confirmed that his body had been located in the area about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Crews from the sheriff’s office were working with Alpine Rescue, North Fork Fire, Park County K-9 and a Lifeguard 1 helicopter in an attempt to find the man.

hiker3