Investigators: Body found at west entrance to Colorado National Monument

Some tourists to Colorado National Monument reported finding a body this afternoon near the west entrance while they were attempting to take a picture near a sign.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, the tourists called in the report just before 12:30 p.m. The body was located just 300 feet north of the western entrance to the monument and about 10 feet off the east side of the road in the sagebrush.

“They just happened to stumble across it,” Mesa County sheriff’s deputy Ben Carnes said of the tourists finding the body.

Authorities would not say whether the body is that of a man or a woman, nor comment on any distinguishing features or the cause and manner of the person’s death.

No vehicles were located near the scene, Carnes said.

At this point, authorities are labeling the incident an unattended death, which could mean the person died as a result of any number of factors.

However, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department was utilizing its crime scene investigation vehicle at the scene. The Department’s Draganflyer, a drone used to take pictures and document crime scenes, was seen hovering over the area where the body was located.

Carnes said investigators are looking at video footage from cameras around the Colorado National Monument to gather more information about the incident.


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