Authorities look into death of local woman |

Authorities look into death of local woman

Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

Aspen Times Staff Writer

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a local woman after the discovery of her body in an Aspen-area neighborhood.

Ron Ryan, investigator for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that the woman is in her mid-50s, white and a local. He arrived half an hour after law enforcement from the sheriff’s office and Aspen Police Department had received the call and taped off the scene.

“We do know who it is, but we are not releasing the identity until we can notify family members,” Ryan said. “It would be premature to make assumptions on the cause or manner of death.”

A local couple that asked to remain anonymous notified law enforcement. The two were out for a walk around 5 p.m. when they spotted the body face-down in a shallow ravine beneath a half-built home. The woman, wearing green pants with embroidery and a purple sweater, was among weeds and trees below a house at 0091 E. Lupine Drive, off Highway 82 toward Independence Pass.

Police cordoned off an area at the bottom of a small dip in East Lupine Drive. To the left of the road it quickly falls off into a gulch under the partly constructed modern house that stands out above the road. The woman was found roughly 10 feet down from the side of the road.

Ryan would not speculate on cause or time of death, nor would he say how long he thought the body had been in the gulch. He did say the body would be taken to Grand Junction for an autopsy Sunday night or this morning.

Another local couple spoke with Ryan at the scene and said they saw the woman at a Kentucky Derby party when they left around 8 p.m. Saturday. Ryan would not confirm whether the woman had been at the party.

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