Missing man found in mine shaft

The body of a Grand Junction man reported missing late June 15 was found Sunday afternoon in a San Miguel County mine shaft.

Matthew Thomas Busker, 33, was found 200-feet in a mine shaft in the Black Bear Basin east of Telluride, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department, and the cause of death seems to be self-inflicted gunshot.

At about noon Sunday, a Montrose-area man called the Sheriff’s Department to report finding a body in the shaft. The man said he’d traveled to the area after seeing a website (mattbusker.com) created to aid in the search for Busker, officials reported. The San Miguel County sheriff and coroner responded to the scene, as did San Miguel County deputies and a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer, and they positively identified the body as that of Busker.

A county road crew found Busker’s green, 1977 International Scout at 11:48 a.m. Tuesday on Black Bear Pass Road in San Miguel County, about two miles from where his body was found, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department. That location is at about 12,000 feet. According to mattbusker.com, a site maintained by Busker’s brother-in-law, the keys were in the ignition, as well as some camping gear, Busker’s iPad and his iPhone, which was plugged into the car.


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So sorry for his family.  They’re in my prayers.

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