By Eleanor C. Hasenbeck Marc Sehler runs a trail-building machine in 2014. (Photo by Scott Franz)STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — An autopsy determined Marc Sehler died by suicide, according to Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg.
Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers found Sehler’s body in a difficult-to-access area of Emerald Mountain on Sunday, Sept. 9, Ryg said. Prior to his death, Sehler was last seen on the evening of Friday, Sept. 7. He was reported missing around noon the following day.
Sehler’s friends and family remembered the longtime Steamboat Springs resident as a kind-hearted man and mentor. Sehler, along with his wife, Gretchen, was instrumental in building and maintaining trails on Emerald Mountain. When the bike trails were snowed in, Sehler worked as a ski school instructor at Steamboat Resort.
If you or a loved one is thinking about suicide, consider these actions.
Don’t leave the person alone.
Remove items that could be used in a suicide attempt, such as firearms, sharp objects, drugs and alcohol.
Seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
If someone has a made an attempt, immediately take the person to an emergency room. If the threat to his or her life does not seem so immediate, consider talking to a crisis line first.
For more information, contact the following resources.
Mind Springs Health
Crisis line: 888-207-4004
Steamboat Springs office: 970-879-2141
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS)
Crisis line: 970-846-8182
HEARTBEAT, Steamboat Springs
Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado
Crisis line: 844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255
A memorial is planned at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the top of the gondola at Steamboat Resort. No pass or ticket is necessary. A memorial fund to improve local trails has been established in his memory at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.
In Routt County, 69 people have died by suicide since 2004, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the county coroner’s office.
White men between the ages of 35 to 60 are the most at risk in Routt County, said Tom Gangel, Mind Springs Health’s regional director for Routt County.
Among the 63 recorded deaths due to suicide in Routt County in which the age of the deceased was reported, 69 percent were people age 35 to 64, and among the 67 reports that included the gender of the deceased, 78 percent of deaths due to suicide were men. These include deaths by suicide reported from 2004 to 2016.
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Via:: Steamboat Today