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Robert Mathena, grandfather of the brothers who died in their mother’s sport utility vehicle, holds a box of rocks wrapped in “Happy Birthday” paper that was found on the boys’ graves.



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Robert Mathena, grandfather of the brothers who died in their mother’s sport utility vehicle, holds a box of rocks wrapped in “Happy Birthday” paper that was found on the boys’ graves.

The grandparents of late brothers William and Tyler Jensen are pointing fingers at the boys’ mother for what they are calling the latest harassment at Palisade Municipal Cemetery.

An unaddressed box wrapped in birthday paper and ribbon, which was filled with rocks and accompanied by a blank birthday card, was discovered Tuesday morning sitting on the joint headstone of Eric Jensen and his sons, William and Tyler, according to Robert and Diane Mathena of Clifton.

Today, June 27, would have been Tyler’s fifth birthday.

For the second time in nearly two months, the Mathenas accused Heather Jensen, who’s being held at the Mesa County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond, of orchestrating deliveries of personal items through an unknown third party to the Palisade grave site.

“Who else would have done it?” Robert Mathena asked. “Pretty weird timing for a practical joke. Where’s the remorse? I’m sure she’s sitting in jail laughing about it.”

The card had an illustration of a purple race car, while Tyler was fond of the movie, “Cars,” Diane Mathena said

The Mathenas said they usually visit the boys every other day.

“We just want it to stop,” an angry Robert Mathena said Wednesday.

Under a standard restraining order, Jensen is prohibited from harassing, molesting, intimidating or retaliating against or tampering with any witness or victim in the case.

Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle said the discovery has the attention of local law enforcement.

“This is under investigation, but we have no information that links this material to the pending case against Heather Jensen,” Tuttle said, declining additional comment.

Jensen’s public defender, Thea Reiff, could not be reached for comment.

Jensen, 25, pleaded not guilty June 13 to charges relating to the deaths of her sons William, 2, and Tyler, 4.

A two-week trial is scheduled to start Oct. 28. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office ruled the boys died after overheating in their mother’s Toyota 4Runner after they were left alone by Jensen on Nov. 27, 2012, on Grand Mesa. Jensen was allegedly having sex with a man in a nearby vehicle and consuming marijuana while her boys were dying.

The Mathenas in late April turned over to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department a series of items, including a birthday card with messages from “mommy,” which had been left at the boys’ headstones. The discovery happened days before what would have been William’s third birthday.

Robert Mathena claimed the letter had disparaging, hand-written remarks about his family, messages of love for the boys and statements such as “I gave you CPR for 45 minutes waiting for the emergency team to show up,” among other case-specific details.



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