Autopsy: Body found near Glenwood Springs is dismembered woman |

Autopsy: Body found near Glenwood Springs is dismembered woman

John Colson
Post Independent staff
John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A post-mortem examination has confirmed that the body found on June 12 in an orchard in Canyon Creek, about five miles west of Glenwood Springs, was that of a dismembered Caucasian woman, between 20 and 35 years old, with brown hair showing blonde highlights and sporting what are described as “numerous tattoos.”

The woman has not been identified, according to Garfield County Sheriff’s Office public information deputy Holly Hopple, but the autopsy showed that at some point in her life she had undergone what Hopple called “extensive dental work.”

The sheriff’s office was not saying anything about how long the body had lain in the orchard, whether she was clothed and whether she was wrapped in a bag or other material, as has been rumored. Authorities also are not saying whether there is any indication she was molested or otherwise injured prior to her death.

But Hopple said the sheriff is asking that anyone with information about a missing person, who might fit the description of the woman found in the orchard, contact the sheriff’s office at 945-0453.

“That we know of, she does not match any description in Garfield County of missing persons,” Hopple said.

The autopsy was performed in the late afternoon of June 13 by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office released the details late Sunday morning, June 14.

According to Hopple, what was found by a teenage boy working in the orchard was not the entire body of the woman, and various law enforcement agencies will continue to search the orchard area for more remains and other evidence.

The remains were discovered at 10:54 a.m. as the youth was clearing debris from the orchard, which is located on County Road 137, a short distance from the interstate, according to the sheriff’s office. Canyon Creek is about five miles west of Glenwood Springs along Interstate 70.

The sheriff’s department is continuing to restrict the release of information on the case to official press releases only, with no interviews being granted to reporters. The next release of information is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today, Hopple reported.

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