Camper’s death in Summit ruled suicide |

Camper’s death in Summit ruled suicide

Nicole FormosaVail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY Johanna Briscoe, a transient found dead in her campsite off Baldy Mountain Road, committed suicide, the Summit County Coroners Office has ruled. Briscoe, 29, was found by police on Aug. 11, the morning after she and her boyfriend apparently had an argument.Briscoe died of an intentional overdose, Coroner Joanne Richardson said on Monday. Results from a toxicology test showed Briscoe had ingested one to two bottles of Benadryl and her blood-alcohol content was over .3, Richardson said.Briscoe was originally from Oklahoma, but had lived in the Summit County area for at least five years working odd jobs and camping.Police were called to the North Fuller Place trailhead off Baldy Mountain Road on Aug. 11, after a hiker found Briscoes semi-conscious boyfriend lying near the trailhead. He said hed been stabbed and his girlfriend was dead at the campsite.Police later determined that Briscoe stabbed her boyfriend in the thigh during an argument the night before, then bandaged his wound. He fell asleep and found Briscoe dead in the morning. He hiked from the campsite, located in a densely wooded area, to the trailhead to get help.

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