Birgfeld family ‘grateful’ for review as cold case

The father of Paige Birgfeld welcomed news Friday of an upcoming review of his daughter’s unsolved murder by a Colorado Bureau of Investigation cold-case homicide team.

“Our family is grateful for these efforts and realize that the result may be promising or not,” said Centennial resident Frank Birgfeld, replying to requests for comment in an email.

“We will not be in attendance and do not expect that we will be able to receive anything in the way of a report as to what occurred. But we certainly consider this to be a most positive step.”

Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger confirmed Thursday to The Daily Sentinel that local authorities plan to present Paige Birgfeld’s 6-year-old homicide investigation to a team of about 30 local, state and federal authorities on CBI’s Cold Case Review team.

The meeting will be Sept. 12 in Denver. The team reviews cases from local jurisdictions, potentially offering recommendations on how to proceed. Since 2009, it has reviewed about 20 cases and its work has been credited with helping to secure convictions in two cases, according to the CBI.

Birgfeld, 34, of Grand Junction, disappeared in June 2007. Her skeletal remains were discovered March 2012 by hikers in north Delta County. Investigators haven’t determined how Birgfeld died.


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