Murder investigation takes another look at Glenwood-area orchard
October 25, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – According to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office press release, the sheriff’s office, along with Garfield County Search and Rescue and NecroSearch International, have begun an environmental assessment of the landscape and wildlife around the Janine Ann Johler crime scene in Canyon Creek, near Glenwood Springs.
Johler’s dismembered body was found in the apple orchard, just off Interstate 70 and Canyon Creek Road, west of Glenwood, on June 12. A teenage orchard worker found Johler’s remains in a bag, which authorities at the time suspected may have been torn open by animals.
Detectives with Garfield County Sheriff’s Office have requested the assistance of NecroSearch International in an effort to continue the investigation and obtain additional forensic evidence in the case, according to the press release.
According to its website, http://www.necrosearch.org, NecroSearch International is a “non-profit organization that specializes in the search for clandestine gravesites.” Its mission is to “assist law enforcement agencies by providing applied research, training, and on-site investigations.” NecroSearch’s scientists and investigators work on a volunteer basis.
NecroSearch employs a variety of techniques including the use of cadaver dogs, entomology, the study of animal scavenging and serology, among others.
Johler’s body was identified on June 19, and her last known residence was in Aurora, a suburb of Denver. She was last seen at her Aurora home on May 1, and according to reports at the time of her disappearance, the Aurora Police described her as having a diminished mental capacity.