On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at about 4:50 p.m., a citizen called 911 to report a hiker had collapsed on the Manitou Incline. The caller immediately began life saving efforts. Emergency crews from Manitou Springs Police, Fire, and El Paso County Search and Rescue responded and took over life saving efforts. Rescuers were unable to revive the hiker, and a she was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 the El Paso County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the hiker was 58 year old Vanessa McMichaels of Colorado Springs. The Coroner determined Ms. McMichaels died of a cardiac related incident and that her death was natural. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has closed the investigation into this case.