Body found in Rocky Mountain National Park believed to be missing CSU student

Emma Iannacone

Officials believe the body of Brian Perri, a Fort Collins resident and Colorado State University student, was found in the Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday morning.

A park ranger discovered the body near the summit of the 14,000-foot Mount Meeker on Saturday. According to RMNP officials, an investigation into the scene is taking place while an autopsy is performed by the Boulder County Coroner’s office to officially identify the body, according to the Coloradoan


Perri has been missing since June 30 after not returning from a hike up Mount Meeker. Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue began the search for Perri on July 5 after being notified by Fort Collins Police Services.

The Coloradoan reported that, according to friends, Perri was scaling the mountain to celebrate finishing his master’s thesis. Perri was a master student in radiological and health sciences from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, according to CSU’s records.

RMNP Search and Rescue sent out helicopters, ground searchers, dog teams and UAS reconnaissance to cover the area with help from a number of separate organizations, according to a previous release

“You truly lived life to the fullest every single day and even got to experience the last, greatest treasure this world can offer – dying doing the one thing you love the most,” Perri’s friend Jc Fischer said in a Facebook post.

This is a developing story. Stay with The Collegian for future updates. 

Collegian reporter Emma Iannacone can be reached at or on Twitter @EmmaIannacone.