Coroner: Aspen woman died of trauma to the head
November 18, 2009
ASPEN – Aspen police have altered the course of their probe into the death of a 54-year-old woman, and said Wednesday that foul play has not been ruled out because of the findings from a Pitkin County coroner.
Scott Thompson, deputy coroner, said that Cheryl Ann Lurie died of a “blunt force trauma to the head. The manner [of death] is undetermined.”
Thompson declined to disclose the specific type of injuries that Lurie suffered because the case is under investigation.
Lurie’s body was discovered beneath tall spruce trees outside the Pitkin County library on Monday morning. The Aspen resident was last seen at Bentley’s, a bar and restaurant at the Wheeler Opera House, at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to police. She had started to walk in the direction of her Hunter Creek residence, authorities said.
Her body was found by a passerby on the north side of the plaza between the library and the Pitkin County Courthouse at about 10:30 a.m. Found 10 to 15 yards away were her coat, one glove and a purse, according to police.
Lurie is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and was last seen wearing a short, black down jacket with colorful embroidery, black fleece hat, black boots and carrying a red leather purse, according to police. Anyone who saw her Sunday evening or has any information regarding her death is asked to contact police at (970) 920-5400.
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See Thursday’s Aspen Times for more on Wednesday’s developments.