Authorities find missing man deceased on family ranch |

Authorities find missing man deceased on family ranch

The Routt County Sheriff's Office released this photo of Michael George Cannon, who was reported missing on May 12. His body was found during a search of the Cannon ranch property on Sunday, May 21, 2023.
Routt County/Courtesy photo

Authorities have found the body of a missing man from Routt County. The Routt County Sheriff’s Office said this case is being investigated as an unattended death.

According to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, authorities discovered the body of 76-year-old Michael George Cannon on the family’s ranch on Sunday, May 21.

Cannon was reported missing May 12, and a statewide “attempt to locate” bulletin was issued. Deputies from the sheriff’s office also tried to follow up on leads and searched Cannon’s residence and the surrounding outbuildings on May 15.

With cooperation from the family, the sheriff’s office and Routt County Search and Rescue performed an expanded search of the Cannon ranch property and used search dogs to assist in the effort.

The search entailed more than 70 acres of land and waterways and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office arranged for Classic Air to assist as well. A search dog brought in from Fort Collins was able to locate Mr. Cannon on the ranch property approximately 210 yards from his residence.

It was on Sunday morning when Cannon was found deceased on the ranch property.

An autopsy has been scheduled, and the case will remain open pending the outcome of the medical examination.

In a Monday news release, the sheriff’s office thanked everyone who helped with the search effort and expressed the department’s condolences to Cannon’s family and friends.

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