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Daughter questioned after woman found shot to death near Gypsum

GYPSUM — The daughter of a woman found shot to death Friday on Gypsum Creek Road is being questioned as a “person of interest” in the homicide case, police said Saturday.

Traci Cunningham, 28, of Aurora, is being interviewed about the death of her mother, Penelope Sue Cunningham, 60, also of Aurora, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.

The body was found on the side of the road, shot five times, Friday morning about 15 miles up Gypsum Creek Road near LEDE Reservoir, police said. A motorist notified authorities that they had found a body. That part of remote Eagle County is popular with people cutting their own Christmas trees on National Forest land.

Cunningham died of gunshot wounds, not exposure, said Kara Bettis, Eagle County coroner.

Traci Cunningham was picked up by police shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday at an Einstein Brothers Bagels in Lakewood after Eagle County police put out a statewide bulletin seeking her vehicle, said Jessie Mosher of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Police put out the bulletin after unsuccessfully attempting to contact someone at the victim’s home, Mosher said. The mother and daughter lived together, Mosher said.

Mosher said police are trying to determine the two women’s connection to the Gypsum area, and that the interview would hopefully reveal that.

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