Girl’s body found in a bag near Glenwood

Cops mum on details, but neighbors say they found her in a orchard. Sheriff treating case as a homicide.

A TEAM OF SEARCHERS comb a field near an orchard where a girl’s body was found near Glenwood Springs on Friday. A neighbor told The Daily Sentinel his son found the body while working in the orchard.

A bucolic mountain valley orchard near Glenwood Springs was transformed into the scene of an intensive criminal investigation after the discovery of a body Friday.

The body was found a few hundred yards up Canyon Creek Road, which heads north into the Flat Tops mountains from Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said foul play is suspected.

“It’s suspicious, there’s no doubt. We’re treating it as a homicide,” he said.

Thomas Williams, who lives up the rural road, said his friend’s son came across the body while doing work in the orchard for its owner.

“He said, ‘My son just found a body.’ I said, ‘You’re kidding.’ ”

Williams said his friend told him the body was that of a young girl and had been in a bag but apparently had been pulled out by animals.

Vallario would not confirm that a bag was found with the body. He also said that until he hears back from coroner investigators, he was not prepared based on the body’s condition to offer immediate information on its gender, age or ethnicity, or how long the person may have been dead.

A male called dispatchers just before 11 a.m. Friday to report the body’s discovery.

Vallario confirmed the call came from a worker in the orchard.

He said the body was about 20 feet off the road. Vallario said evidence may end up showing otherwise, but at first glance, it would seem a passerby on I-70 left the body there.

“It appears that it was probably more of a drop-off site than where a crime occurred,” he said.

Williams speculated the same.

“It looked to me like somebody pulled up to the road going up Canyon Creek and then just threw it off the side of the road and it ended up in the orchard,” he said.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado State Patrol and 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office also were assisting in the investigation.

At least a dozen Garfield Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers also helped out by combing the 29-acre orchard for evidence.

Authorities were interviewing residents who live on the road, which is accessible by passenger vehicle only from the bottom.

Several residents said they had been kept at the bottom of the road all afternoon. The road had been reopened to residents by Friday evening. A few dozen homes are along the road.

Williams said authorities were stopping vehicles coming down the road and photographing the vehicles and their occupants.

He said of the body’s discovery, “That’s something that’s rare in Glenwood Springs.

That’s going to take them quite a while to investigate that thing.”


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