Coroner IDs body found near Rifle |

Coroner IDs body found near Rifle

Will Grandbois

RIFLE — A body discovered in the Fravert area northwest of Rifle earlier this month has been identified by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office as that of Jeremiah J. Michaelis of Rifle.

A 23-year-old Rifle resident of the same name was arrested in Grand Junction earlier this year and accused of passing counterfeit bills. The Garfield County Sheriff’s office declined to comment on whether the deceased was the same person.

The coroner’s office waited for positive identification of the remains through dental records and DNA before releasing the identity, a sheriff’s office news release said.

The body was discovered on Oct. 2 during a search by Garfield County deputies. The search concentrated in the Fravert area following reports that Michaelis was last seen in that area in early September.

The coroner is waiting for the final autopsy to be completed to determine the probable cause of death. Authorities at this point do not suspect foul play.

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