Body of girl found in orchard near Glenwood Springs |

Body of girl found in orchard near Glenwood Springs

Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post
Ed Kosmicki, Special to The Denver Post

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – State and Garfield County authorities are investigating the death of a girl whose body was found in an apple orchard 5 miles west of Glenwood Springs.

“At this point we have enough information to suggest it was foul play,” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said Friday. “We’re conducting a homicide investigation.”

The body was found by a teenage boy who was working in the orchards. According to KREX-TV Channel 5 in Grand Junction, the boy told his mother that the body appeared to be that of a girl 10 to 12 years old. The girl’s body was found in a partially decomposed bag, the station said on its website.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents were processing the scene, where yellow crime-scene tape was wrapped around two rows of apple trees. The orchard is about a quarter-mile north of Interstate 70 on Canyon Creek Road.

The body was found between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday on the ground beneath apple trees, Vallario said. He would not confirm the age of the victim.

CBI spokesman Lance Clem said five CBI staff members, including crime-scene investigators from the Grand Junction office, were sent to help in the investigation. They were expected to be working late into the night, he said.

Clem declined to comment about evidence discovered at the scene.

Sheriff’s investigators and police dogs were searching the orchard and surrounding area for evidence, Vallario said.

A line of 14 people, each about a yard apart, including some in uniform and others wearing orange vests, was seen walking through a field between I-70 and the orchard.

The area was surrounded by law enforcement officers, with authorities limiting access to everyone except people who live in the subdivisions behind the orchard.

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