Four found dead in home near Aspen |

Four found dead in home near Aspen

Wyatt Haupt jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” The bodies of two adults and two children were found Friday inside a residence along Popcorn Lane in an unincorporated area of Pitkin County a few miles east of Aspen, authorities said.

The victims were identified as a male and female adult, and a boy and girl. The names were withheld pending the notification of next of kin, said Deputy Marie Munday, the public information officer for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department.

She said the department received a report about 5 p.m. that there were four deceased people inside the home. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed the report. It wasn’t clear who alerted authorities.

The exact address was not released.

The residence is located a few minutes drive along Highway 82 from Aspen near the North Star Nature Preserve. The area is home to multimillion-dollar residences with sweeping views of Independence Pass and of the Roaring Fork River.

The cause and manner of death is under investigation. However, the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department found high and dangerous levels of carbon monoxide at the residence, said Deputy Chief Roger Hollowell, who was at the scene.

He said the incident should serve as a sober reminder for people to ensure their carbon monoxide detectors are working.

“(They) are the first line of defense,” Hollowell. “Anything that gas operates should be burning blue.”

He added if the flame burns an orange-like color, then that could be a sign of serious trouble.

A change in color to yellow or orange from blue suggests that there is carbon monoxide present.

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