Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Skelton, 58, an outdoor adventurer, left June 2 on a solo trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and never returned. On June 4 he bought a day permit for hiking the 14-mile Angleworm Trail. He told the outfitter the weather was too miserable to kayak.
After his daughter reported him missing June 17, searchers found his clothes and wallet near Angleworm Lake, northwest of Ely. He was so independent and experienced, and his return date so indefinite, that his family didn't immediately worry. A forest ranger discovered his vehicle at the trail head, loaded with his kayak and gear.
Authorities presume that he died from hypothermia during early June's cold, wet weather. Despite a thorough search of the surrounding area with the help of dogs, no sign of Skelton's remains were found.
Lloyd Harold Skelton was born in Springfield, Mo., and the family moved to Minneapolis when he was 10. He got a degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota and worked as a software engineer.
He lived in south Minneapolis with an elderly calico cat. He was close to his daughter, as well as his mother and two sisters.
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Minneapolis Police Department