Fall victim’s identity released
BASALT ” A 69-year-old woman who fell off a two-story balcony in Basalt Friday night or Saturday morning and later died was identified by authorities today as Barbara Joyce Schey.
Schey worked at Aspen Real Estate Co. She started coming to Aspen in the late 1960s and moved to town full-time in the 1970s. She moved to Basalt approximately 12 years ago.
An investigation by the Basalt Police Department indicates Schey possibly tripped on an extension cord used on her back balcony, Sgt. Mark Langford said. It appears she hit her head on the balcony railing, then after a short period tumbled over the railing onto the ground.
“It appears at this time that Barbara died from an accidental fall. There is no indication whatsoever of any criminal activity,” said Langford.
Schey lived alone and there was no evidence anyone else was in her residence at the Lakeside Townhomes on Friday evening, according to investigators. Schey’s last entry in her day timer was at 7 p.m. Friday, Langford said. The body was reported at 9:19 a.m. Saturday, although a neighbor indicated he might have seen a “disturbance” in the snow and blood around 6 a.m. The exact time of death hasn’t been determined.
Langford said Schey was able to stand after the fall. She walked in a zig-zag pattern for about 20 yards before she fell in a shallow, rocky ditch that led from the parking lot of the complex to a lake, according to Langford.
Her head injury is considered the cause of death. Hypothermia may have contributed, according to Langford.
“We’re pretty comfortable with the fact that she was by herself,” Langford said. “It just boils down to a very tragic accident.”
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