Body confirmed as that of missing Silt woman |

Body confirmed as that of missing Silt woman

Claudia Ruiz went missing in May and was found dead in a remote area.
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The Pitkin County coroner said Sunday that a body found Friday in rugged ranchland is that of Claudia Ruiz, the Silt woman missing for a week.

The coroner’s statement said the cause of death remained under investigation, pending toxicology reports.

On Friday, the body was spotted by a rancher riding an ATV in an isolated area south of Emma known as The Crown. Authorities said because of weather and the rough territory, investigation at the scene may take several days. A statement from Pitkin County Undersheriff Ron Ryan said authorities had no reason to believe the public was in danger in relation to the incident.

Ruiz, a mother of three, was last seen getting off a RFTA bus in El Jebel on May 17. According to Glenwood Springs Police, Her family, concerned that she did not take her medication for a mental condition with her, searched frantically for a week, along with friends and members of the family’s church.

The family on Saturday posted on a Facebook page set up to help with the search that she had been found. “We wish to have privacy in these painful moments,” the post said. “We appreciate all your love and efforts. Thank you for continuing to pray for the family. There are no words to thank you for all you’ve done for us.”

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