Judge extends Jensen cremation block

Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister on Thursday night granted a 14-day extension of an injunction blocking cremation of the remains of William and Tyler Jensen, which are still in the care of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.

Attorney Greg Leavitt, who represents the Jensen boys’ grandmother, Diane Mathena of Clifton, filed a motion Wednesday asking the judge for more time. The document was filed under seal.

Deister on Dec. 6 granted Mathena’s emergency petition to block plans by the boys’ mother, Heather Jensen, to cremate the remains of William, 2, and Tyler, 4, whose bodies were released by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office earlier this month after autopsies. The brothers died as a result of a Nov. 27 incident on Grand Mesa. The case remains under investigation, while authorities have not released cause or manner of death.

Mathena has said she wants to bury the boys next to their father, Eric Jensen, in Palisade.
Leavitt said his clients have raised money and secured a potential burial plot next to the boys’ father.

Even before the injunction issued Dec. 6, a representative of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary pledged that Jensen’s request for cremation was effectively on hold until a Mesa County judge makes a final determination on Diane Mathena’s legal right to decide the final disposition of the remains.

Leavitt argued the boys’ grandmother is in the better position to do just that, noting the suspicious circumstances surrounding the boys’ deaths and referring to Heather Jensen in a previous court filing as an “uncaring and potential criminal culpable respondent.”

Heather Jensen has not responded to repeated messages from The Daily Sentinel.


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