Eagle County coroner positively IDs body of missing Vail man, rules on manner of death

By Real Vail
Real AspenJuly 11, 2011
Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis today positively identified the body of James “Jamie” Garrett, found by a Vail Mountain Rescue search team in the Piney River area on Saturday. Bettis has ruled the manner of Garrett's death as suicide.

Garrett, 36, of Vail, had been missing since last being seen by friends in West Vail on Tuesday, July 5, and his body was found around 1 p.m. Saturday on Muddy Pass Road north of Vail.

Jamie Garrett

Crews searched the area around the Piney River based on information from friends that Garrett might be there.

Agencies involved in the search included the Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Vail Police Department and Vail Mountain Rescue.

“Our officers and detectives, as well as the Vail Mountain Search and Rescue team, several Eagle County Sheriff's deputies and many members of our community worked hard to locate Jamie and exhausted all of our available resources in our efforts,” said Vail Police Department Detective Sergeant Christopher Botkins.

The Vail Police thanked “Sonnenalp Resort and especially the many community members who offered their assistance,” according to a town of Vail press release. Garrett was the wine director at the Sonnenalp and also served on Vail's liquor board.

A Facebook page has been set up with remembrances of Garrett.

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