Homicide victim in Breckenridge ID’d
May 23, 2012
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Police on Tuesday identified the man whose body was found near a Breckenridge trailhead Saturday as Karl Fred Kohler. Police also confirmed Kohler was a victim of homicide.
An autopsy revealed Kohler, 45, died from blunt-force trauma. Kohler had been camped out in the area where his body was found, possibly while doing seasonal work in town.
Volunteers participating in a town cleanup day discovered Kohler’s body near the Burro Trail trailhead on Peak 9 before noon Saturday. The Summit County Coroner’s Office used fingerprints to identify Kohler, and family has been notified of his death.
With the investigation ongoing, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office has declined to comment on how long Kohler’s body had been at the trailhead before it was discovered, or whether the trailhead was a dump site or the scene of the crime.
Kohler’s body was found on U.S. Forest Service land outside the ski-area boundary and Breckenridge town limits.
The Sheriff’s Office, which is receiving assistance on the case from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and other local agencies, would not comment on whether they have any leads or suspects.
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Authorities also declined to reveal information about the condition of the body when it was found or where the trauma was suffered.
Authorities said despite the recent case, Breckenridge and Summit County residents should not be concerned for their safety.
“This doesn’t fit a pattern of crimes,” said Jamie FitzSimmons, of the Sheriff’s Office. “Breckenridge is a safe place, a safe community. This is an isolated incident.”
Homicide cases in Summit County are rare. This most recent case is only the sixth in the past 12 years.