Woman's body found on mountain after desperate message for help

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The body of an experienced mountaineer who pleaded for help after becoming lost has been recovered by rescue teams.

Madeline Baharlou-Quivey was hiking across Colorado's Kit Carson Peak last week when she strayed from the standard route just hours before a winter storm.

A photo of Madeline Baharlou-Quivey. Source: Facebook/Maddie Baharlou(Madeline Baharlou-Quivey) Memorial Page
Madeline Baharlou-Quivey sent out a distress message saying she had been “cliffed out” and was in need of help. Source: Facebook/Maddie Baharlou(Madeline Baharlou-Quivey) Memorial Page

The 29-year-old nurse sent out a distress message on Monday, October 11, warning she had “cliffed out” below “the avenue” section, meaning she found herself in a terrifying position where she could not move up and couldn’t turn back.

Authorities launched an extensive rescue effort but were unable to find her until two days later when her body was sighted, but the bad weather hampered efforts to reach her.

A photo of Kit Carson Peak in Colorado. Source: Facebook/Saguache County Search & Rescue
Bad weather at Kit Carson Peak hindered efforts to find the missing 29-year-old hiker. Source: Facebook/Saguache County Search & Rescue

Body recovered five days later 

On Saturday, a fresh operation to retrieve her body was launched.

This time rescue personnel and a helicopter were finally able to successfully complete the highly technical recovery using ropes and climbing harnesses.

Rescue teams successfully completed the highly technical recovery of a 29-year-old Denver woman's body from Kit Carson Peak in Colorado. Source: Facebook/Saguache County Search & Rescue
Rescue teams successfully completed the highly technical recovery of the woman's body from Kit Carson Peak in Colorado. Source: Facebook/Saguache County Search & Rescue

Ms Baharlou-Quivey was described as an experienced climber with supplies of food, water and warm clothing.

It’s believed she fell to her death after becoming lost.

Grieving mother thanks rescue teams 

Her mother Carlotta Baharlou took to social media after her daughter’s body had been recovered.

“I am so grateful to the search and rescue teams from the state of Colorado for recovering Madeline’s body. It was a nearly impossible task but their skill and experience have allowed us the opportunity to begin healing,” the post read.

“Thank you all for your overwhelming support and love over the last several days.”

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