Mysterious grave turns up empty |

Mysterious grave turns up empty

RIFLE – An unidentified grave site discovered on private property off Anvil Points Road west of Rifle was determined on Wednesday to have no evidence of human remains or bones.The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department began digging up the grave, which had a mound of dirt and a cross made of white rocks. A couple stuffed animals, two pinwheels and a glass vase with plastic flowers initially led investigators to believe they would discover the remains of a child.Search and Rescue cadaver dogs also hit positively on the site. But after two days of digging, the site turned up nothing.The grave was on private property and the landowner had no knowledge of it.”We didn’t even find a bone,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. “Our goal was to treat it as a crime scene. And even if it was an animal buried there, we would have gotten something, but we didn’t find a thing.”The investigation has now been called off.”If we dug up someone’s memorial, we’re sorry, but we had to look at it,” Vallario said.If anyone has any additional information about the grave, please call the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at 945-0453.

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