Donald Ward, 55, of Colorado Springs, was pronounced dead by the Park County Coroner’s Office Aug. 24 after suffering health complications during a hike with friends near the summit of Mount Cameron north of Alma.
Ward, an avid hiker and outdoorsman, was a news anchor at KKTV in Colorado Springs.
“We got the call and it took about five hours to recover his [Ward] body,” said Park County Coroner David Kintz Jr.
According to Kintz, it is not unusual for people to suffer natural health complications when partaking in recreational activities at high altitudes.
“Unfortunately, this is nothing new in the sense that even fit individuals can sometimes succumb to natural events at high altitudes,” Kintz said.
The Park County Coroner’s Office released the following statement late Monday afternoon regarding Ward’s death.
Press Release 8-24-20
Park County Coroner’s Office
The Park County Coroners Office can confirm that Donald Ward (55) of Colorado Springs died today near the summit of Mt Cameron.
Park County Search and Rescue and the Park County Coroners Office recovered him from the mountain this evening.
We would like to thank Park County Search and Rescue, Flight for Life Colorado, South Park Ambulance and North-West Fire for their efforts responding to this call.
An autopsy is being scheduled and the cause of death will be released after its completion. The death is not considered suspicious at this time.