Experienced hiker found dead

Posted at: 11/03/2012 9:30 PM
By: Whitney Jones, KOB.com

A missing hiker was found dead Saturday morning.

According to the Sandoval County Sheriff's Office, the man was reported missing by his family Friday after he did not return from a morning hike in the Jemez Mountains.

Deputies found the hikers vehicle.

The case has been transferred to State Police because it turned into a search and rescue case.

Search and rescue crews found the man's body at the bottom of an approximately 100-foot cliff near Forest Road 10 and Forest Road 269.

The hiker has been identified as Thomas Ilg, 54, of Los Alamos. He was a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, according to the facility's website.

State Police told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that the family said Ilg was a very experienced hiker.