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Hiker's remains identified

In mid-June the Eagle County coroner's office confirmed that the remains discovered over the Memorial Day weekend in the Holy Cross Wilderness of Colorado were those of James Nelson.

He was reported missing Oct. 8, 2010, when he didn't return from a five-day, 25-mile solo hike. Nelson, 31, was director for official roster records in the ELCA Office of the Secretary.

"While this resolves uncertainty, it reminds us of our loss and the grief of those who loved James," wrote ELCA Secretary David D. Swartling to churchwide staff.


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