Body in desert ‘suspicious’

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A Bureau of Land Management ranger manning a roadblock at 25 and J Roads talks with an officer driving the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office’s unmanned aerial systems van to the scene where a body was discovered by a passerby in the desert Thursday about four miles north of the roadblock. The Crime Scene Unit with the Sheriff’s Office was also operating at the scene.


Sheriff not yet linking find to missing woman, wants to talk to son

A body was found Thursday afternoon in the desert north of 25 Road several miles from where a Grand Junction woman was reported missing by family Tuesday morning.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office did not link the discovery of the body to the disappearance of Kathleen Lynn Stetzel, 54, who was reported missing in the predawn hours Tuesday and last seen in the 700 block of 25 Road, but investigators are treating the discovery of the body in the desert as suspicious at this point, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.

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