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Woman found dead at camp identified

Nicole Formosa
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE ” A woman who was found dead at a remote campsite Saturday has been identified as a local transient, according to the Summit County sheriff’s office.

Authorities found the body of Johanna Briscoe, 29, in her tent, about a quarter-mile from the a trailhead off Baldy Mountain Road near Breckenridge. It does not appear that foul play was involved in her death, said Paulette Horr, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said Monday it appeared Briscoe’s death was alcohol-related, but that the final autopsy report is awaiting toxicology test results, which could take up to a week.

According to the sheriff’s office, a hiker found Briscoe’s semi-conscious boyfriend lying near the trailhead on Saturday morning. He told the hiker he’d been stabbed and said his girlfriend had died at their campsite.

Authorities believe Briscoe stabbed her boyfriend in the leg. They are not releasing the boyfriend’s name because the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute, Horr said.

He was incoherent and disoriented and couldn’t tell police the exact location of the campsite. The injured man was taken to St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center and then transferred to Denver for treatment of his injuries.

Meanwhile, Search and Rescue volunteers, Breckenridge police and Summit County deputies began searching the area for the campsite. It took them several hours to find the site, located in a densely wooded area on the mountain. They found Briscoe’s body inside a tent, but no signs of trauma.

Investigators have concluded Briscoe stabbed her boyfriend during a domestic dispute on Friday evening. She then bandaged his wound and he fell asleep. He awoke to find Briscoe dead and tried to hike out to summon help, according to authorities.

No charges have been filed, although the case will not be closed until the autopsy report is complete, Horr said. Deputies have responded to at least one domestic dispute involving the couple prior to the weekend incident, she added.

Briscoe, who was originally from Oklahoma, had been living in the area for about five years, working odd jobs and camping, Richardson said.


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