Man found dead in Edwards identified |

Man found dead in Edwards identified

Steve Lynn
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colo. ” A man who was found dead Sunday afternoon in his truck has been identified as 28-year-old Matthew Hetland of Grand Junction.

Hetland had been probably been dead in his truck, parked at a rest stop parking lot off Edwards Access Road, since Thursday night, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said.

He may have died from natural causes, according to preliminary findings from an autopsy conducted Monday, but authorities won’t know for sure until a toxicology report is done, Bettis said.

Hetland was found lying in the truck, but authorities don’t know what he was doing at the rest stop, Bettis said. People can camp or park there overnight.

“It looked like he was taking a rest,” she said.

Criminal activity is not suspected, authorities said.

Hetland had been doing office equipment repair in the Eagle Valley and after he didn’t return to Grand Junction Thursday, his girlfriend reported him missing Friday, authorities said.