Body found of missing climber

Bryan Conkling
Bryan Conkling

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police say they have found the body of a missing hiker in the  Sandia Mountains.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, State police say they found 40-year-old Bryan Conkling. They say canine units found the body a quarter mile off the trail.

Search and rescue teams were searching for Conkling. Conkling failed to return from a weekend trip. Police were notified about Conkling at about 8:30 Sunday night.

Conkling’s girlfriend is the one who reported him missing. Friends say he is a paramedic for CareFlight in Albuquerque. Friends say Conkling was climbing near what’s known as “the thumb.”

Police say the Office of the Medical Investigator will conduct an autopsy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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