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Vero Beach Family mourns death of Hikers

Vero Beach Family mourns death of Hikers

Vero Beach Family mourns death of Hikers.

A family is devastated after a search for two hikers ends tragically in Colorado. Those hikers were 26-year-old Ryan Marcil from Vero Beach and his girlfriend, Carlin Brightwell. The two were reported missing Monday morning. Their bodies were found Tuesday afternoon. The couple went on a camping and hiking trip over the weekend. When no one heard from them, rescue crews took to the mountains. Marcil had moved to Aspen from Vero Beach a couple of years ago.

According to the Aspen Times:

Carlin Brightwell

Carlin Brightwell

The bodies of an Aspen couple missing since Sunday were found Tuesday afternoon at the base of the north face of Capitol Peak, an official said.

A helicopter search crew spotted the bodies of Ryan Marcil and Carlin Brightwell about 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, said Jesse Steindler, a commander with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The two were recovered from the mountain and arrived at the airport just before 6 p.m., he said.

“Given where the bodies were found, it is probable they fell off somewhere near (Capitol’s summit),” Steindler said. “Generally speaking, they were found below the summit.”

The couple, who were in their mid- to late-20s, had been dating for about six or seven months, were in love and had moved in together, friends said Tuesday.

Brightwell worked at Aspen Emporium and Flying Circus on Main Street for about two years and Marcil was working in Aspen for his family’s Florida-based business, friends said. He also served on the board of Aspen Strong, a local mental health advocacy group.


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