Human remains found in Garfield County

Human remains were discovered a short distance off County Road 309, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday.

Area hikers found the remains of the yet-to-be-identified person Friday, the department said.
The discovery was made on property south of the Colorado River between Battlement Mesa and Rulison, and the land is owned by WPX Energy, according to WPX spokeswoman Susan Alvillar.

Authorities worked throughout the day Saturday gathering evidence and DNA samples, which the Colorado Bureau of Investigations will use in an effort to identify the person. The Sheriff’s Department and the Garfield County Coroner’s Office are investigating.


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