Investigators out again today in Birgfeld evidence search

Searchers this morning spent nearly four hours covering two fields looking for evidence in the 2007 disappearance of Paige Birgfeld.

The effort was the second this week focused in the general area of 23 Road and Logos Court, just south of Interstate 70.

Seven Mesa County Sheriff’s Department investigators initially focused today on a field just south of Rocky Mountain Sanitation, a business located at 721 23 Road. The search ended around 10:15 a.m., before moving to another field north and west of the locations searched for six hours Wednesday along Logos Court.

The effort was suspended for the day around 11:45 a.m.

An investigator has said at least four bone fragments were collected during Wednesday’s search for additional testing, each about one to four inches long.

“They are suspected to be animal bones, however the fragments did not have any essential demarcations, like joints, in order to make an identification,” Coroner investigator Kim Hollingshead said. “Without any clear demarcations, we may not be able to determine anything at all, but we should at least try.”

Birgfeld’s Ford Focus was found burning nearby in the parking lot of 727 23 Rd., on the night of July 1, 2007. She was reported missing by family June 28, 2007.

Bloodhounds eventually tracked a scent south from the 23 Road parking lot, leading to Bob Scott RV’s parts and service facility, 2302 Grand Park Dr., the former employer of Lester Ralph Jones, 60.

Jones remains the lone named suspect in Birgfeld’s disappearance.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Daily Sentinel.

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