Hunters find dead man in tent on Flat Tops
FLAT TOPS – Two elk bowhunters discovered the remains of an unidentified man on Wednesday about three miles north of Windy Point. The man was found in a nylon tent where he apparently was camping. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said the man’s remains were tucked away in the middle of the woods. “It was like a one-in-a-million,” he said of the discovery of the man’s camp site. “You definitely had to be right on top of it to see it.” Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies went to the camp site on Thursday to collect the man’s remains and his possessions. Judging by the state of his remains and other clues, Vallario said the man could have been there for as long as five years. “What happened was a couple of elk hunters were tracking a bull up by Windy point and they came across this camp,” Vallario said. “It looks like the guy died in his tent.”Some coinage with a date stamp of 1999 was found around the man, so investigators surmised that the man died sometime since then. They’re not sure just how long ago it was, though. Vallario said most of the man’s trousers had rotted away, but his leather belt was still somewhat intact. Investigators also found a whistle, a bell and some pepper spray at the small, hidden campsite. “We’re going through it to see if there’s any identification,” Vallario said.Authorities are unsure how the man died, but Vallario said there were no obvious signs of trauma. “We’ll probably have the forensic pathologist who helped us in the past recreate the skeletons to determine his height and weight,” Vallario said. This latest discovery is the third unidentified body to be found in Garfield County in the past two years. “At this point we’ve got another John Doe partial skeleton,” he said.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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