Suspect in theft commits suicide |

Suspect in theft commits suicide

John Colson

The sole suspect in a Redstone-area theft reportedly committed suicide on Tuesday in the South Canyon area west of Glenwood Springs.

Charles Pressler, 59, a Holy Cross Electric employee who lived in Glenwood, shot and killed himself, authorities said Wednesday.

He had been reported missing by his employer on Tuesday morning,

Pressler’s body was found by a Glenwood Springs resident on Nov. 14. The body was about 40 feet from a Holy Cross utility truck on a “service road” approximately four miles up the South Canyon Road, according to Garfield County Deputy Sheriff Ron Vanmeter.

A .35-caliber Remington rifle was found near the body, and according to a press release issued by Vanmeter, “It appeared that Mr. Pressler died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”

Pressler was suspected of stealing four backpacks from a hunter’s storage trailer in the Coal Basin area on Nov. 10.

According to Pitkin County Sheriff’s Investigator Ron Ryan, someone driving a Holy Cross truck was seen breaking into the trailer that day.

The trailer belongs to a hunter from West Virginia, who had left the trailer and an accompanying vehicle while he and another man went hunting in Coal Basin. Ryan said the packs, including duffel bags and backpacks, contained clothing and supplies for when the hunters returned from their hunting trek through Coal Basin.

Ryan said he had talked with Pressler about the case on the evening of Nov. 10, and that Pressler “denied stealing anything,” although he admitted being in the area in question.

According to Ryan, none of the four stolen packs have been recovered, and the case is considered closed. The victims, Ryan said, have returned to West Virginia.

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