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Dead body left in apple orchard near Glenwood Springs

Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado –State and Garfield County authorities are investigating the death of a female victim whose body was found in an apple orchard 5 miles west of Glenwood Springs, near Interstate 70, as a homicide.

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

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

The body was found by a farmworker between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., lying on the ground beneath apple trees, Vallario said.

The age and identity of the victim have not yet been confirmed, Vallario said.

“We’re at an early stage of the investigation,” he said.

The victim was a female, according to CBI spokesman Lance Clem. He said he does not know whether the victim was a girl or a woman.

He said five CBI staff members including crime scene investigators from the Grand Junction office were sent to help in the investigation. They will be working late tonight, he said.

Clem declined to comment about evidence discovered at the scene.

Sheriff’s investigators and K-9s are searching the orchard and surrounding area for evidence, Vallario said.

A line of 14 people, including some in uniform and others wearing orange vests, were seen walking in a long line about a yard apart through a field between I-70 and the orchard. They looked intently at the ground.

The area has a large law enforcement presence, with officers limiting access to everyone except people who live in subdivisions behind the orchard.

Porta potties have been set up and several ATVs have also been brought to the area.

Kirk Mitchell: 303-954-1206 or kmitchell@denverpost.com