Details emerge concerning Silt man’s death |

Details emerge concerning Silt man’s death

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado – Police here are still waiting for autopsy and toxicology reports on Jon Beck, a Silt electrician found dead in a ditch on Oct. 30, but the investigation has yielded a partial story of Beck’s travels that weekend.

Police Chief Levy Burris said Beck, 57, was arrested by Silt police on drunk driving charges on the night of Oct. 28 and taken to the Garfield County Jail.

Beck was released from jail on Oct. 29, after paying a bond of $825, Burris reported.

The photographic record from an automatic teller in Glenwood Springs showed Beck taking money out of an account that evening, Burris said, “So we know he was in Glenwood and had money in his pocket.”

Police believe Beck took a bus back from Glenwood Springs to Silt either that night or the next day, although they have not pinned down which bus he might have been on, Burris continued.

Beck’s body was discovered in the Cactus Valley Ditch at shortly before 3 p.m. on Oct. 30, by a group of boys walking alongside the ditch.

There was cash in Beck’s pockets when he was found, Burris said, leading police to conclude that robbery was not involved in his death.

Burris said a witness, interviewed by police, said he saw something in the same ditch at about noon on the same day but did not get close enough to identify what it was.

Burris said the investigation has turned up “nothing to indicate it’s suspicious or anything,” referring to Beck’s manner of death.

Beck was found partially submerged in roughly three feet of water in the ditch.

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