Missing Rifle woman found dead, no foul play suspected
A missing person search near Rifle ended tragically Sunday morning when the body of Maureen Jewell was discovered at the base of a cliff near her property.
Jewell had last been seen leaving work Wednesday, and had spoken to a friend on the phone Thursday, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. She missed an appointment Friday and was reported missing over the weekend.
The death is considered accidental at this time there was no indication of foul play, the sheriff’s office said. The coroner was called to the scene and next of kin has been notified.
Bill Jewell, Maureen’s husband of more than 30 years, died in February 2013, when a vehicle he was working on apparently fell on top of him at their home, according to the sheriff’s office.
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