BOULDER, Colo. — The mystery surrounding a human foot found in a snow boot at Eldora Mountain Resort this summer has been partially solved.

The foot and other remains found nearby were identified Wednesday as those of an 83-year-old Denver man, Ervin Mettler, who had apparently been camping in the area. Boulder County coroner Emma Hall is investigating how he died, although foul play isn’t suspected by sheriff’s investigators.

The foot in a size 13 boot was found June 1 after the snow melted by a ski resort worker. In July, a trail runner found more remains about three-quarters of a mile from the resort’s lake near a lake where it appears Mettler had been camping.

Mettler’s identification card was also found, and his identity was confirmed with dental records, Hall told the Daily Camera ( DNA evidence was also used to link the two sets of remains, she said.

It’s not clear exactly when Mettler died, but his remains are believed to have been there for several months. Mettler’s landlord tried to report him missing in February in Denver, but a report wasn’t filed because the person wasn’t family, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Wagner said Thursday.

Investigators found that Mettler was an outdoor enthusiast who liked to camp — even in the winter — so it’s possible he could have been camping at that time, Wagner said.

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