Investigators and rescuers work Tuesday at the site of a fatal car crash on Buffalo Pass.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Investigators and rescuers work Tuesday at the site of a fatal car crash on Buffalo Pass.

Missing Forest Service employee's body found in crashed truck on Buffalo Pass



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David Lee Girty


Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers set up a rope system Tuesday to help investigators at the fatal car crash on Buffalo Pass.

— Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg confirmed Tuesday afternoon that missing U.S. Forest Service worker David Girty's body was found in a truck that crashed on Buffalo Pass.

Girty was 62 and lived in Hayden with his wife, Diane.

The search for Girty's green Forest Service pickup began Monday evening when he did not return from work.

Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said Girty was a member of the road crew and worked out of the Steamboat Springs office. Voos said Girty was doing work Monday at a nearby Forest Service gravel pit on Buffalo Pass.

Local Forest Service official Kent Foster said Girty's truck was discovered along the dirt road by a Forest Service employee Tuesday morning.

The Colorado State Patrol is helping the Routt County Sheriff's Office investigate the crash.

According to a news release from CSP, it appeared Girty drove the 2005 Ford F-350 off the right side of Routt County Road 38 sometime Monday afternoon or evening. The vehicle overturned multiple times down the steep embankment and stopped on its roof. Girty was partially ejected from the pickup, and it appeared Girty was not wearing his seatbelt.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected of contributing to the crash.

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were called to help with the challenging recovery effort.

Volunteers set up a rope system and estimated the pickup was about 180 feet down the steep slope on the side of Buffalo Pass Road. It was directly by the second gate about 3 miles up from Dry Lake Campground.

Ryg said an autopsy was going to be performed Wednesday morning to see if a medical condition might have contributed to the crash.

Voos said Girty was in his first year as a temporary Forest Service employee, but he worked full time at the agency for several years in the 1990s.

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Missing man found in crash


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