Steamboat Springs Two mountain bikers found the body of a 59-year-old man on the side of an Emerald Mountain trail Friday afternoon.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said it appears that David Draper, who was visiting Steamboat Springs with family and friends from American Fork, Utah, died of natural causes. He did not have specifics about the cause of death.
Vince and Gretchen Coleman, of Steamboat Springs, said they were taking a lunch break bike ride when they saw the man slumped over on a bike on the side of a singletrack trail between MGM and Blackmer Drive.
The Colemans said they initially thought the man was taking a nap before they realized he was unresponsive and not breathing.
Ryg said Draper had been dead no longer than an hour and a half before he was found. The call came to Routt County Communications between 1 and 2 p.m. Ryg, Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded and closed the trail temporarily.
“It was numbing in a way,” Gretchen Coleman said Friday as she filled out a police statement. “I can’t imagine — the first thing I did was say a prayer for his family.”
The witnesses and Ryg said it didn’t appear to have been a crash. Ryg said an autopsy is planned, though he didn’t know when it would be done. Steamboat police Detective Nick Bosick is investigating the death.