Aspen death ruled an accident
Vail, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Authorities said Judith Ann “Judy” Eisen, who was found dead Sunday in a subdivision near Aspen, died of hypothermia and alcohol poisoning.
Eisen, owner of the local lingerie store Cheeks, died late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, according to Pitkin County Coroner Scott Thompson. He ruled the death an accident on Monday but was not available for further comment.
Friends said Eisen, 59, walked home from a Kentucky Derby party Saturday afternoon in a neighborhood just east of Aspen. A couple found her dead around 5 p.m. Sunday in a shallow ravine below a house at 0091 E. Lupine Drive, off Highway 82 toward Independence Pass.
Eisen lived near that house in the Mountain View subdivision. Friends said the party was in the same neighborhood and that she had walked there with the intention of walking home. Temperatures Saturday dipped to 30 degrees, and snow was falling throughout the night.
Police cordoned off an area at the bottom of a small dip in East Lupine Drive on Sunday. To the left of the road, the terrain quickly falls off into a gulch under the partly constructed modern house above the road. Eisen’s body was roughly 15 feet down from the side of the road.
Eisen leaves behind a tight group of longtime friends and a boyfriend of 22 years, Kyle Boyd. Her friends described her as joyful and fun and many friends expressed surprise at Eisen’s alcohol poisoning, saying she was not one to go out drinking much.
Eisen was born and raised in North Wales, Pa. She lived in California for a few years before moving to Aspen in 1975, where she had been since.
She first worked for a construction company and later for local radio station KSPN before starting her own business.
Cheeks was closed Monday; a pot of roses stood at the foot of the door. Eisen helped start the 26-year-old business in Aspen’s Ute Building five years after she arrived in Aspen. She started the business with her cousin, Charlotte Leavy, who now lives on the Front Range.
“I always, always felt lucky to have Judy in my life,” Leavy said. “Judy was well-loved, I’ll tell you that.”
Boyd, Eisen’s boyfriend, was in Mexico at the time of the accident, according to friends. He returned to Aspen on Monday but declined comment.
Eisen did not have children or siblings, and both of her parents are dead.