Two bodies found on Mount Evans confirmed as missing father and son

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Damian McManus and Evan McManus.

Damian McManus and Evan McManus.

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. — Two bodies found Thursday on Mount Evans are those of a father and son from Minnesota who went missing in April, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

A source told KMSP in Minneapolis on Thursday night that officials had positively identified the bodies as Damian McManus, 51, and his son Evan, 19.

Alpine and Rocky Mountain Rescue spokesman Tom Dale said two hikers made the gruesome discovery around 10 a.m. in the area of Vance Creek. After crews responded to the area, the second body was found.

The bodies were turned over to the Clear Creek County Coroner’s office, which confirmed the identities.

The McManuses went missing on Mount Evans on April 6. Despite exhaustive searches, there had previously been no sign of them.

The father and son were on a spring break trip when they didn’t return from a hike. They were last spotted at a Lakewood restaurant on the morning of April 2, based on a credit card transaction. Their SUV was found in the Echo Lake Campground parking lot.

Rescue teams dedicated 46 days and 5,000 hours to the rescue and recovery of the McManuses.