FBI finds human remains in remote area of Eagle County
The Denver Post
Aspen, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY – Human remains found in Eagle County may be related to a serial killing investigation, authorities say.
“There were remains found in Eagle County yesterday,” FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said. The FBI is assisting in a multistate investigation of murders that may have been committed by Scott Lee Kimball, 42, who has not yet been charged with any murders but is serving a 48-year sentence as a habitual criminal.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department and the U.S. Forest Service helped the FBI search for the remains.
The FBI needed help from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office because of its familiarity with the area, said Shannon Cordingly, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
A source close to the investigation who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to provide details said the remains are believed to be those of Terry Kimball, 60, Scott Kimball’s uncle.
The remains were found in a remote area of Vail Pass, Wright said.
Authorities believe Kimball is responsible for the disappearances of Terry Kimball and three women. He has provided information to investigators about where the bodies might be found.
The remains of Leann Emry were found in the Book Cliffs of southeastern Utah on March 11.
Emry, Kaysi McLeod, Jennifer Marcum and Terry Kimball were all last seen with Scott Kimball in 2003 and 2004. McLeod’s remains were recovered in a remote area of Jackson County in June 2008. The remains of Marcum have not been found.
Wright said the remains were discovered with the help of investigators from Eagle and Summit county sheriff’s offices, the United States Forest Service and federal law enforcement agencies.
“We have no direct information on who is responsible for the death of Terry Kimball,” she said.
Wright said a coroner will have to confirm whether the remains that were discovered were those of Terry Kimball.
Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said the remains, mostly skeletal, were partially mummified and may have been at the site for five years.
Bettis will hire an archeologist, in part to determine the cause of death, she said.
“They can look at hip bones, tell if they are male or female and how old they are,” Bettis said.
The archeologist will also determine the identity of the victim, possibly through DNA or dental records, she said.
Terry Kimball disappeared in late 2004, shortly after he arrived in town and began to stay with Scott Kimball.
Scott Kimball told people that his uncle won the Ohio state lottery, then went to Mexico with a woman.
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