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Police have a suspect in hunting death

Ryan GraffPost Independent Staff
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson

The Garfield County Sheriffs Department is seeking a Mexican national who it believes responsible for the shooting death of Denver turkey hunter Jeff Garrett on May 14.Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario made the announcement Wednesday during a press conference that was supposed to have been a plea from Garretts family for suspects or witnesses to come forward. In the previous 48 hours, however, the department was able to locate a witness, another ranch worker, who told deputies the suspect had likely fled back to Mexico. We have recovered the weopon, we have a witness and we have a suspect, Vallario told the media. On the day Garrett was killed, the two ranch workers were apparently clearing brush when they heard Garretts turkey calls coming from heavy cover. The Mexican national was working at the Bear Wallow Ranch at the time of the shooting. The suspect, the sheriffs office believes, shot at Garrett believing he was a turkey. Vallario believes the suspect discovered hed shot Garrett after the fact and fled the country a short time later.

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