Police investigating all avenues in Schey death
BASALT The Basalt Police Department is revisiting the Feb. 24 death of Barbara Schey before it closes the investigation, police chief Keith Ikeda confirmed Thursday.Officers contacted Schey’s co-workers at Aspen Real Estate Co. and canvassed her neighbors at the Lakeside Townhomes in Willits recently to see if they noticed anything suspicious around the time of her death, Ikeda said.Officers have also examined telephone calls Schey made and received on a phone that recorded numbers. They also have checked her e-mails and looked at her financial records, Ikeda said.He stressed that no new leads prompted the background check or changed the investigators’ conclusion that the death was accidental. Instead, “it’s a thorough check to make sure nothing is out there,” he said.Ikeda elaborated by explaining that police didn’t want to find out three months from now that a neighbor saw something unusual but didn’t point it out because they never asked.Ikeda said the investigation will likely last a couple of weeks longer.Co-workers are pleased that the investigation is continuing and that all avenues are being explored, said Carla Van Alstyne, office manager at Aspen Real Estate.There was a memorial service for Schey last weekend. Friends and co-workers have accepted her death, but questions remain for some of them, Van Alstyne said.”It was such a bizarre thing; we’ll always be wondering,” she said.Schey, 69, died in what police called a “tragic accident” According to the investigation, Schey stumbled as she walked onto her back balcony Friday evening, Feb. 24, and struck her head on a two-by-four railing. She tried but failed to get back into her townhouse through a screen door, possibly because she was disoriented after her injury.Schey pulled herself up by the railing and somehow toppled over it to the ground roughly 14 feet below. She suffered additional injuries in the fall, got to her feet, then staggered 20 yards before the collapsed in a rocky ditch that drained water from the complex’s parking lot into a lake. Schey’s body was found the next morning.Investigators said at the time that there was nothing suspicious at the scene. There was only one pair of footprints on the balcony. There was no sign of forced entry into the residence and nothing appeared to be missing from the home or Schey’s car. She lived alone and was cooking dinner when the accident occurred.The bizarre circumstances of Schey’s accident have puzzled people from the beginning and fueled speculation about her death.Ikeda said there is nothing to suggest the death was anything but an accident.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is email@example.com.
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