By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
A 41-year-old Cheyenne anesthesiologist who disappeared while hiking in the Wind River Mountains over the weekend was found dead on Monday by a Sublette County search and rescue team.
Tip Top Search and Rescue announced late Monday afternoon that the body of Thor Hallingbye was discovered in Fremont County. Earlier, the rescue unit said Hallingbye was last seen in the vicinity of Gannett Peak on Saturday afternoon.
“Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Hallingbye,” the organization wrote on Facebook.
Cowboy State Daily reported that his wife Jenileah said Thor got separated from his hiking group after summiting Gannett Peak around 2 p.m. Saturday, “about 30 minutes from the top.”
“Please say prayers for Thor,” she wrote. “Please pray that he is safe and that he will be found. We have faith that he is okay.”
Cheyenne legislator Landon Brown lamented the news in a Facebook post.
“I don’t know why this hurts so bad,” Brown wrote. “I hardly knew Thor but I was better for having known him. He was the kindest soul. He loved his wife and his kids more than anything. This world was better with him in it. I’m so heartbroken.”
May God rest your soul, Thor. May God comfort Jenileah, the kids, Beth, and Stig during these troubling and heartbreaking times,” Brown said.
Hallingbye was an anesthesiologist and pain specialist at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.