Arrest made in river camp death

A woman who said she lives in a homeless camp by the Colorado River north of the Broadway Bridge tells law officers what she saw Friday at the scene where a body was discovered in one of the transient camps.

A man was arrested Friday in connection with the death of another man whose body was found Friday morning in a transient camp close to the Colorado River.

Grand Junction police officers arrested 47-year-old Daniel Warner on suspicion of second-degree murder. Warner was booked into Mesa County Jail, and his arrest warrant was sealed as of Friday night.

Roughly a dozen officers initially responded just after 11:30 a.m. Friday to a call from a camper who said a man’s body had been found near the river about a quarter-mile south of Colorado Highway 340. The man’s identity has not been released pending notification of family.

The Grand Junction Police Department announced Warner’s arrest Friday night in a news release that said no further information will be revealed before Tuesday.

Police Sgt. Dave Stassen said the deceased white male was older than 21 and had obvious trauma on his body, but Stassen did not specify injuries. There were other indications of a disturbance in the camp, he said.

A man and two women from the camps were seen mid-day Friday being escorted to patrol cars, none of them handcuffed, and driven away from the scene by police.

The riverbank, from approximately the Fifth Street bridge to Redlands Parkway, is home to 40 to 50 identifiable camps, Stassen said.


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