Hiker finds bone, prompting investigation | AspenTimes.com

Hiker finds bone, prompting investigation

Paul Shockley
Grand Junction correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A hiker’s discovery in Utah of a single bone prompted Mesa County authorities to head west late last week.

Grand County Utah Sheriff’s Deputy Curt Brewer on Tuesday said his agency and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office of western Colorado continue to search grounds where the fragment was found, though he declined to say where specifically in Grand County authorities are working.

“It appeared this bone had been out there quite some time,” Brewer said.

The deputy described the bone as an apparent section of skull. According to Brewer, there’s no conclusive determination whether it’s human or animal.

That’s in contrast to a Mesa County Sheriff’s news release distributed Monday, which said investigators have been assigned to the discovery of human remains in the region.

The bone has apparently crossed state lines at least once.

Brewer, who said he was unsure when the bone was found, said a hiker came across the remains and brought the bone back to Grand Junction.

Officials involved in the investigation say it could take weeks to months to identify its origin.

Brewer said Grand County has a single missing-persons case ” the 1995 disappearance of former Hayden, Colo. Mayor Dick Roberts, 51.

Hayden Police Sgt. Gordon Booco said Roberts’ pickup truck was found in Grand County.

“It’s a cold case at this point and leads have been few and far between,” said Booco, declining to discuss other details in the investigation.

Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said the agency has 11 active missing-person cases dating back to 1983, including the June 28, 2007 disappearance of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld.


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