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Police continue to investigate Eagle death

Matt Zalaznick

The young man’s body was found by his roommate about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. He’d reportedly attended a party at a friend’s house the previous evening, police said.

“There is some question at this point in time what killed him,” Eagle Police Chief Phil Biersdorfer said Monday. “The initial autopsy results did not show any blunt trauma or anything of that nature.”

More definitive autopsy and toxicology results may not be available for another two to three weeks, Biersdorfer said.

Until then, he said, “We just can’t speculate on the cause of death.”

In the meantime, Eagle police continue to gather and examine evidence from the scene of the incident, a mobile home on Wall Street in Eagle. Biersdorfer said he would probably ask the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for help gathering and evaluating more evidence in the case.

Police have interviewed friends and other people who attended the party Friday night. Calhoun reportedly passed out at the party but told friends he was fine and wanted to get some sleep when he was roused, police said.

“We’re in a holding pattern,” Biersdorfer said. “We want to know what killed him.”

Calhoun had a fairly extensive file with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Since turning 18 in 1999, he had been arrested twice in connection with alcohol- or drug-related incidents. He had also been banned from the premises of Gypsum Liquor for trying to illegally purchase alcohol.

Calhoun was also arrested in July of this year in connection with a criminal trespassing case.

Calhoun is the son of long-time Eagle residents John and Vicky Calhoun. John Calhoun, a former journalist for the Vail Daily and Vail Valley Times, is a broker at Slifer, Smith and Frampton.

Scott Miller of the Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed to this report.

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