Body of Iowa hunter found

The identity of a man found by search dogs during a search and rescue effort Wednesday, Sept. 28, has been confirmed as a missing Iowa elk hunter. 

Park County Corner Al Jenkins said Sept. 29 that the body found at the bottom of a cliff within a mile of Campfire Lake in the Crazy Mountains was that of Mark Rollins, 60, of Decorah, Iowa, who was reported missing by hunters late last month. 

Rollins died from injuries sustained in a fall, Jenkins stated.

Rollins was reported missing by hunters concerned for his welfare when they noticed his truck still parked at the Porcupine trailhead. He was also reported missing by his wife when he failed to return home to Iowa on Tuesday. He was in the Crazy Mountains elk hunting alone. 

Rollins is the second person in two years who has gone missing while hunting in the Crazy Mountains. In September 2014, the Park County Sheriff’s Office and the Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a 13-day search and rescue effort for a missing Bozeman hunter, Aaron Joseph Hedges. His remains were not found until August of this year.

Like Rollins, Hedges was also last seen near Campfire Lake in the Crazy Mountains, where he had been elk hunting with two friends.

By Jasmine Hall / Yellowstone Newspapers

 

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