Investigators name sole suspect in Grand Junction woman’s disappearance |

Investigators name sole suspect in Grand Junction woman’s disappearance

The Associated Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A man previously named as a person of interest in the disappearance of a 34-year-old mother three months ago is now the sole suspect.

Mesa County sheriff’s officials said Tuesday that they were focusing on Lester Ralph Jones, 56, of Grand Junction, in Paige Birgfeld’s disappearance after ruling out others who had contact with her, including her two ex-husbands. No arrest warrant has been issued.

Authorities did not release details of Jones’ relationship to Birgfeld.

Birgfeld, a mother of three, was last seen June 28.

Investigators and volunteers later found her burned-out car and an unloaded handgun along a road a few miles from her Grand Junction home.

Search dogs released near where the car was found led investigators to a nearby RV dealership, where Jones worked. Authorities have not said what the dogs might have found.

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