Body is that of Loma man missing since 2013

Roger Vigil

The human remains found in the north Grand Junction desert earlier this week have been identified as Roger Alfonso Vigil, 74, who had been reported missing from his Loma home about three years ago.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office said the cause and manner of Vigil’s death is pending.

Hikers in the area of 16 Road and the desert found the remains Tuesday and officials worked Wednesday to collect the skeletal remains.

Vigil was last seen the night of Sept. 22, 2013, at his Loma home and officials became concerned after he didn’t take his medications and had not had his prescriptions filled, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at the time.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office did not suspect foul play had occurred when Vigil disappeared, believing he had walked away from his home.

Vigil was described as Hispanic, 5-foot-5 and weighing 135 pounds.


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