Autopsy confirms Yellowstone skier died of hypothermia

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An autopsy confirmed a Belgrade man who was found dead along a cross-country ski trail in Yellowstone National Park died of hypothermia.

Park spokesman Al Nash told The Billings Gazette ( ) on Wednesday that there was no indication of foul play in the death of 52-year-old Merik Morgan.

Snowshoers spotted his body around noon on Saturday near a trail in the northwestern corner of the park.

Morgan had worked as a hiking, backpacking and skiing guide for the Arizona based-Wildland Trekking Co. since 2012, leading tours in Yellowstone in the summer and winter and Grand Canyon trips in the spring and fall. His biography on the company website said he also had worked as a ski patroller and at Montana ski hills.

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