More details emerge on body found near Glenwood |

More details emerge on body found near Glenwood

John Colson
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A post-mortem examination has confirmed that the body found Friday in an orchard west of Glenwood Springs was that of a dismembered Caucasian woman, between 20 and 35 years old.

The woman had brown hair showing blonde highlights and sported what are described as “numerous tattoos,” investigators said.

The woman has not been identified, according to Garfield County Sheriff’s Office public information deputy Holly Hopple. The autopsy showed that at some point in her life she had undergone what Hopple called “extensive dental work.”

The sheriff’s office did not disclose how long the body had lain in the orchard, whether she was clothed and whether she was wrapped in a bag or other material. Authorities did not disclose whether there is any indication she was molested or otherwise injured prior to her death.

But Hopple said police are asking that anyone with information about a missing person who might fit the description of the woman found in the Canyon Creek orchard outside Glenwood contact the sheriff’s office at 945-0453.

“That we know of, she does not match any description in Garfield County of missing persons,” Hopple said.

The autopsy was performed Saturday by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office released details late Sunday morning.

According to Hopple, what was found by a teenage boy working in the orchard was not the entire body of the woman, and various law enforcement agencies will continue to search the orchard area for more remains and other evidence.

The remains were discovered at 10:54 a.m. as the youth was clearing debris from the orchard on County Road 137, a short distance from the interstate, according to the sheriff’s office. Canyon Creek is about 5 miles west of Glenwood Springs along Interstate 70.

The sheriff’s department is continuing to restrict the release of information on the case to official press releases only, with no interviews being granted to reporters. The next release of information is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Hopple reported.

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