Police seek information leading to accidental death
December 16, 2014
The Aspen Police Department is seeking information about the events leading up to the death of 65-year-old Richard Nelson, who was found dead just before midnight Tuesday in downtown Aspen.
Deputy Coroner Eric Hansen said Saturday that the cause of death was multiple injuries to Nelson's chest and head. The death has been ruled an accident and no foul play is suspected, he said.
"We'd like to talk to people who saw him after 5 p.m. just so we know the events leading up to the accident," Hansen said, adding that information such as which bars he had visited would be helpful.
Hansen released a statement Saturday afternoon that said alcohol intoxication contributed to the accident, which was listed as a fall.
Nelson was discovered on a ramp leading to an underground parking garage at 301 E. Hyman Ave. around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement issued the following day. Hansen said officers were on scene at 11:49 p.m. and tried to resuscitate him, but efforts were stopped at 12:15 a.m.
Anyone with information about where Nelson was or what he was doing that evening should call Aspen Police Detective Ian MacAyeal at 970-920-5310.