Deceased Aspen woman identified
Vail, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” The woman who was found dead Sunday in a subdivision near Aspen has been identified as Judy Eisen, owner of the local lingerie store Cheeks. She was 59.
Eisen apparently died sometime after walking home from a Kentucky Derby party Saturday afternoon in a neighborhood just east of Aspen. She was found dead Sunday evening at 5 p.m. in a shallow ravine below a house at 0091 E. Lupine Drive, off Highway 82 toward Independence Pass.
Eisen lived near the house where she was found, in the Mountain View subdivision. Friends said the party was also in the same neighborhood and that she had walked to the party with the intention of walking home.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office has not yet ascertained the cause of her death or officially announced Eisen’s identity. Results from the preliminary autopsy are expected today, said sheriff’s investigator Ron Ryan.
Eisen was born and grew up in North Wales, Pa. She moved to California for a few years before moving out to Aspen in 1975, where she has been since.
She first worked for a construction company and later for local radio station KSPN before starting her own business.
Cheeks was closed Monday, a pot of roses standing at the foot of the door. The 26-year-old business in Aspen’s Ute Building was started five years after Eisen first arrived in Aspen.
Police cordoned off an area at the bottom of a small dip in East Lupine Drive. To the left of the road, the terrain quickly falls off into a gulch under the partly constructed, modern house that stands out above the road. Eisen was found roughly 15 feet down from the side of the road.
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