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John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A 19-year old Michigan man thought to be missing in Glenwood Springs turned out to be camping for a couple of nights in the Roaring Fork Valley, according to his sister-in-law Donella Demorest of Los Angeles.Canaan Demorest Lee, of Pontiac, Mich., was traveling by train from Michigan to Los Angeles when he made an unscheduled stopover in Glenwood Springs on Saturday night, April 14.Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Demorest contacted the Post Independent and said that her husband, Kyle Demorest, Lee’s brother, had read a comment that Lee posted on his girlfriend’s MySpace page saying that he had gone camping for a couple of nights and that he left his luggage at the Amtrak station because he didn’t want to take it with him.”We are just glad that he is OK,” Demorest said.Demorest was expecting Lee to arrive sometime late Sunday night. When he didn’t show up in L.A. Demorest began to worry.Lee’s luggage, according to Demorest, was found in a trash receptacle located at the train depot in Glenwood on Monday and it appeared to have been “rifled through.”Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson confirmed that Lee’s luggage was left at the Amtrak Station. Earlier Tuesday Wilson said that he didn’t think any foul play was involved in the incident.That now appears to be correct.

On Monday, Garfield County deputies stopped a vehicle traveling on I-70 for obstructed view and no front license plate. After stopping the vehicle the deputies were advised that the plate on the vehicle was registered to a different vehicle.While searching the driver of the vehicle, Luis Aviles-Gomez, 44, the deputies located suspected methamphetamine on the suspect. Then, while conducting a vehicle search, they recovered two firearms from the vehicle. One was reported to have been stolen from Montrose, and the serial number was filed off the other. The suspect was transported and booked at the Garfield County Jail on 11 charges, including: possession of weapons by a previous offender; display or possession of altered, stolen, fictitious, cancelled or revoked license plates; and unlawful distribution, manufacturing or possession of a controlled substance.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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