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Skull found in Colorado River

A fisherman found a human skull in the Colorado River, between Silt and Rifle, Monday.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said officials are perplexed as to whose skull it is.

“We can’t account for anyone who’s missing,” Vallario said.



The body of a 32-year-old Denver man who drowned in a canoe accident June 1 has not been recovered, but Vallario guessed the skull belongs to someone who died long before that accident.

Vallario said the skull had some gold fillings in its teeth.



The fisherman was in a boat when he noticed something that looked strange.

“He saw it in two or three feet of water, eight to 10 feet from the shore,” he said. The skull was sent to forensic pathologist Dr. Robert Kurtzman at Community Hospital in Grand Junction so he can check for evidence of foul play and help identify the skull.

“It could be 100 years old, we might never know,” Vallario said.


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