Son sought in mom’s death arrested

Daniel Stetzel: Walked away from halfway house

Kathleen Stetzel

A man labeled a “person of interest” in the death of his mother was arrested this morning in Grand Junction for unrelated warrants, authorities confirmed.

Daniel Stetzel, 31, was taken into custody by Grand Junction police officers after someone called 911 around 8:30 a.m. and reported a man acting strangely near Blue Heron boat ramp. Stetzel was contacted near the pedestrian bridge and initially gave officers a fake name, before providing his true identity, authorities said. He was also in possession of methamphetamine-related paraphernalia.

Stetzel had two outstanding arrest warrants, including one issued June 27 for escape by the Colorado Department of Corrections. Stetzel walked away from a drug-and-alcohol treatment facility and halfway house in Adams County. A second warrant relating to same incident issued July 11 in Adams County.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators have sought to speak with Stetzel in connection with the death of his mother, Kathleen Stetzel, 54, whose body was found Thursday near her home in the desert off 25 Road. Kathleen Stetzel had been reported missing by her family early last Tuesday.

Authorities have not confirmed how she died.

Stetzel is a five-time convicted felon with an arrest history dating back to 2002, most of it in Mesa County. Court records reviewed by the Sentinel show Stetzel was known to law enforcement as a meth user who suffered from schizophrenia.

Read more in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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