GarCo authorities re-examine 2009 slaying |

GarCo authorities re-examine 2009 slaying

Janine Johler
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Seven years after her dismembered body was found west of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County sheriff’s investigators are reviewing the case of Janine Johler in hopes of finding her killer.

The Aurora woman’s body was discovered June 12, 2009, in an apple orchard near Canyon Creek Road, about 5 miles west of Glenwood. The remains were dumped about 20 feet from the road and within a quarter mile of Interstate 70 at exit 109. A teen-age orchard worker found her body in black garbage bags, which authorities at the time suspected may have been torn open by animals.

She was initially reported missing from Aurora, a suburb of Denver, by her family on May 7, 2009.

Sometime between then and June 12. Johler was 38 years old and had brown hair with highlights. While speaking recently to her mother and sister, they told an investigator that neither thought it would take this long to find the killer.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information on the case, to contact Investigator Megan Alstatt at or to call 970-665-0222.

Johler had long complained of domestic violence, news reports at the time said. She had filed three requests for restraining orders in the years before her death.

In those instances, she was asking judges to keep the same man away from her, but that person was in jail when Johler was last seen.

Aurora police at the time described her as having a diminished mental capacity. She was disabled from having been in an auto crash as a child.

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