Detectives await break in 2002 murder |

Detectives await break in 2002 murder

Matt Zalaznick
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EAGLE COUNTY ” “Lots of dead ends” is how one detective describes 3 1/2 years investigating the murder of Melba Jean Ginther.

The 57-year-old Keystone resident was found May 20, 2002, shot in the head behind a pickup truck about 150 yards down a dirt road from U.S. Highway 24, in an area known as Pando Junction.

Investigators, who say they have no suspects, have renewed an effort to find out anything the public might know about the murder, said Det. Doug Winters of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

“You never know, there might be one lead that breaks case wide open,” Winters said. “It’s very difficult ” the lack of evidence, the lack of leads, makes the cases difficult.”

Perhaps the biggest piece of evidence in the case is the pickup truck seen leaving the scene the night of the murder. The truck, described as a large, early model White Dodge extended-cab pickup with dual exhaust and running boards, was seen in the area about 5 p.m., about two hours before Ginther’s body was found by motorists.

Investigators said at the time that two men were riding in the truck and that there was an all-terrain vehicle in the bed. Investigators also believe there were two men at the murder scene.

“We’re coming up on four years since the homicide, now’s a good to resubmit it and see if anybody’s got new information,” Winters said.

Ginther was a pastry chef for Keystone Resorts. She was born in Minturn and spent most of her life in the mountains.

Winters is asking anyone with information to call Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000.

Vail, Colorado

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