Friends raise money for family of man killed in camping accident

The family of a Grand Junction man killed in a weekend camping accident in Utah needs help to bring him home.

Stephanie Stephenson, a friend of the family of 28-year-old Steven Dowdy, said Dowdy’s body is still in the custody of Utah officials and the family can’t afford to bring the body home.

Dowdy and Darian Thomlinson, 10, of Clifton, were found dead in their tent Sunday morning at a paintball event in Utah. The two were believed to have been poisoned by carbon monoxide emitted from a propane heater, which was left in the tent without ventilation.

The Cache (Utah) County Sheriff’s Department said members of Thomlinson’s family were camped nearby.

Stephenson said anyone who wants to help can make contributions at Ariel Clinical Services, 2938 North Ave., Suite G, or at Mesa Developmental Services, 950 Grand Ave.

Questions can be referred to Stephenson at 245-1616 or Annette Abeyta at 256-8652.


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