July 1, 2021
Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500
Human remains found near the Devils Thumb Trail
Boulder County, Colo. - On Thursday, July 1, 2021, a volunteer with the Front Range Rescue Dogs organization, who was preparing for a future organized search for the remains of Joshua Hall, found partial human remains approximately 4.3 miles west of the Hessie Trailhead, located at 730 Fourth of July Road, west of the Town of Nederland, in unincorporated Boulder County. The remains were found near a small stream approximately 0.3 miles off the Devils Thumb Trail.
At this time, the sex and age of the decedent is unknown due to decomposition and possible animal activity. Based on the location of the discovery, as well as items found near the body, we have cause to believe this may be the body of Hall, however the Boulder County Coroner’s Office will determine the identity of the decedent as well as the cause and manner of death.
Recovery efforts are complete and involved members from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Front Range Rescue Dogs, and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control’s Canon City Helitack.
Carrie Haverfield, Public Information Specialist