Remains found; identity unknown

Cops ask public for information

Authorities are seeking the public’s help to identify the skeletal remains of a man’s body that was found near a canal on Orchard Mesa in December.

News of the remains wasn’t released earlier because authorities wanted to glean as much information as possible before notifying the public, said Victor Yahn, chief deputy coroner of the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

Yahn said the body may have been along the canal bank in area of B 1/2 and 27 1/2 Road near Sherman Drive for several months to a year before it was discovered near a ditch with some foliage on Dec. 20.

According to work completed by the Colorado Mesa University Forensic Investigation Research Station, the man was aged between 25 to 40 years old, but the highest likelihood was that he was between 30 and 40 years old when he died.

Authorities do not suspect foul play, Yahn said.

Other identifying factors released by the coroner’s office include:

■ White man, with possible Hispanic attributes.

■ Between 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches tall.

■ He had a full set of healthy teeth.

■ A Chevrolet key ring was found with the remains.

■ He had a white metal necklace with a crucifix.

■ One leather boot was located with him.

■ He was wearing Rock & Republic denim shorts or pants.

Yahn said the remains were located by a homeowner in the area. The man’s body was located near the water’s edge and could have been submerged at some point.

Authorities have taken a DNA sample from bone marrow and have sent it to the crime lab for testing.

“We knew there would be a million questions and we wanted to be able to answer a lot of them,” Yahn said, about waiting until Thursday to release the news about finding the man’s body, some four months after it was discovered.

Law enforcement have checked the man’s description against active missing persons cases, but none have matched, he said.

“I’m hopeful we’ll find out who it was and the family will call us,” Yahn said.

Anyone with information about the remains should call the Mesa County Coroner’s Office at 256-6462 and press option 3.

They are also reachable by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). People can also contact the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707 and reference case number 16-78007.


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