Details pending in case of man’s body found in Basalt
October 26, 2010
BASALT – A body found hanging from a tree near Basalt’s town cemetery over the weekend was believed to be that of a 22-year-old Glenwood Springs man, who had been missing since late September.
However, as of Monday evening, authorities still had not officially identified the body or released any details about the death.
Published reports on Monday quoted an unnamed local law enforcement official as confirming that the body was that of Alex Hyatt-Ryan, a 2007 Basalt High School graduate who had been living in Glenwood Springs.
Basalt Police reported early Sunday that two boys who were riding their bicycles in an area just north of Fairview Cemetery on Saturday found the body hanging from a tree.
“Basalt Police officers responded to the area and located the body of an adult male,” according to a press release. “The male was hanging from a tree in the wooded area approximately 100 yards from the end of the roadway.”
The family of the victim was reportedly notified, but results of an autopsy conducted by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office were still pending late Monday.
Hyatt-Ryan was last seen in Glenwood Springs before heading to his job at Hogback Pizza in New Castle on Sept. 25.
His vehicle, a 1992 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was found Oct. 4 at the Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course parking lot near Carbondale. Glenwood Springs police said at the time that the vehicle had been there about a week.