Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says missing woman case goes inactive

Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Dorothy L. Jenkins
Beth Dobransky |

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office investigators have run out of leads in the case of Dorothy L. Jenkins, 57, of Aspen, who disappeared Aug. 17 northeast of Thomasville, according to a spokeswoman.

The case is considered open but not active, said Jessie Mosher, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. The case isn’t being actively pursued because of the lack of leads, she said.

Deputies interviewed an Aspen man that Jenkins was camping with, but no arrest was made, Mosher said.

Jenkins and the man were camping in the Burnt Mountain area, between Thomasville and a popular recreation area called Lime Park. Burnt Mountain is a thickly timbered area.

The man reported that Jenkins left the campsite on foot at about 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 and never returned. He told authorities he was preparing to take a nap in the vehicle where they were sleeping during the campout when she departed.

The man drove out of the area on Monday and called authorities about Jenkins’ disappearance. He was unable to provide search groups with a direction of travel. Vail Mountain Rescue Group, West Eagle Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue Aspen searched for a few days without turning up clues to the woman’s whereabouts. Search efforts were called off Aug. 21, after a tracking dog from Garfield County failed to find a clue of Jenkins’ whereabouts.

Jenkins wasn’t dressed for cold weather, and she didn’t have hiking or camping gear, according to authorities.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007.