UPDATE: Kansas teen killed after fall on Colorado mountain

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A suburban Kansas City teenager who died last week while climbing one of Colorado

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LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City teenager who died last week while climbing one of Colorado's most popular peaks was a 2014 high school graduate who excelled in engineering.

The Kansas City Star reports 18-year-old Nicholas Hellbusch of Lenexa, Kansas, died Friday morning after apparently falling while climbing above the standard route to the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Evidence at the scene indicates the Shawnee Mission South High School graduate struck his head while falling.

A climber notified park rangers around 7 a.m. that he and his group had seen the body. Rangers reached the area at 10:15 a.m. and confirmed Hellbusch was dead.

A U.S. Forest Service helicopter recovered his body and took it to the Boulder County Coroner's Office.


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Officials have released the name of a man whose body was found on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says a climber was on the Keyhole Route of the 14,259-foot peak when he and his group saw the body 18-year-old Nicholas L. Hellbusch, of Lenexa, Kansas, below The Ledges area Friday morning.

Park rangers reached the body about three hours later and flew it by helicopter to a nearby meadow. Investigators have not said how Hellbusch died.


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