Aspen police investigate woman’s death at lodge
ASPEN – Aspen police and state officials are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Aurora woman after receiving a report Sunday evening of an unconscious woman who had suffered a gunshot wound.The woman was publicly identified Monday as Stacia De Kraker after relatives were notified.While authorities are working to determine the circumstances surrounding her death, the police department released a statement Monday afternoon indicating public safety is not a concern. In addition, the statement urged those who are struggling in life or know someone who is to contact the Aspen Hope Center’s 24-hour helpline at 970-925-5858. The Hope Center offers suicide-prevention services.According to police, authorities were summoned to the Mountain House Lodge bed and breakfast, 905 E. Hopkins Ave., at about 7:20 p.m. Sunday. An ambulance crew and emergency medical personnel with the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department also responded; a Pitkin County coroner and police detective were called a short time later.Police department spokeswoman Blair Weyer said that De Kraker was visiting Aspen with a party of six. Weyer said she believed that a handgun was used.Detectives treat all death investigations as homicides until the evidence indicates otherwise, police said, and the local police department has requested help from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Representatives of the agency arrived at about 3:30 a.m. Monday.Additional details regarding De Kraker’s death won’t be made available until the coroner’s office and Bureau of Investigation have completed their work, the department said.
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