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Cops still withholding murder victim’s name

Matt Zalaznick

The woman’s relatives have been notified of her death, but Eagle County sheriff’s Detective Doug Winters said Tuesday police are waiting for some last bits of evidence to “positively identify” the woman.

A manager at Keystone ski resort, meanwhile, has said the woman was an employee of the company.

Meanwhile, the hunt for the woman’s killer, or killers, is in full swing, WInters said.

“We’ve had many, many leads,” Winters said. “We’ve got several different leads we’re following and the investigation is still progressing.”

The woman’s identity could be made public today when some key evidence is returned by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, whose agents are assisting in the homicide probe, he said.

The woman’s body was found at about 7 p.m. May 21 behind a green pickup truck parked about 150 yards down a dirt road just north of Pando Junction, where the railroad tracks cross under U.S. Highway 24 just north of Camp Hale between Red Cliff and Leadville.

Investigators have released few other details about the murder other than to say the woman was shot in the head and that the green pickup truck she was found behind and had traveled in belonged to a friend.

Investigators have been trying to locate two men seen riding in a white pickup truck along Highway 24 about two hours before the woman’s body was found by commuters travelling between the valley and Leadville.

Anyone with information is asked to called Crimestoppers of Eagle County at 328-7007 or 800-963-TIPS or visit and click on “extra, extra.”

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555 ext. 606 or via e-mail at

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