Remains of Jensen boys sought by grandmother
Tyler and William Jensen should be buried next to their father in Palisade, the boys’ grandmother said through her attorney in a court filing.
“Given the suspicious circumstances of the deaths of William and Tyler Jensen, the petitioner believes that a court is likely to appoint her (Diane Mathena) as the personal representative for the estates of William and Tyler Jensen,” reads an emergency petition filed by attorney Greg Leavitt, who represents Mathena of Clifton, the mother of the late Eric Jensen, William’s and Tyler’s father who was killed in a car crash Oct. 10 in Garfield County.
The petition asks a Mesa County judge for a determination of Mathena’s rights.
The petition, lodged on Wednesday at the Mesa County Justice Center, said Heather Jensen, the boys’ mother, has indicated a desire to cremate their remains. The filing notes Mathena has applied to be personal representative for the estates of William and Tyler Jensen. Under Colorado law, a judge’s designation as “personal representative” would put Mathena ahead of Heather Jensen for priority to handle the remains, Leavitt’s filing notes.
The matter wasn’t immediately scheduled for a hearing.
Heather Jensen has not responded to requests for comment from The Daily Sentinel while her attorney, Ed Nugent, has said he’s advised her as much.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy on William on Nov. 28 and was expected to do the same for Tyler.
William, 2, was pronounced dead at the scene the night of Nov. 27 near Powderhorn Road on Grand Mesa, after authorities had responded to a 911 call placed by Heather Jensen around 6:30 p.m. An affidavit in support of a search warrant obtained by The Daily Sentinel for Heather Jensen’s Toyota 4Runner said she told dispatchers around 6:50 p.m. that Tyler, 4, was having problems breathing.
Tyler died Monday night at Children’s Hospital in Aurora after being removed from life support.
Heather Jensen told a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department investigator on the night of Nov. 27 she made arrangements to meet a male friend near Powderhorn Ski Resort and spent approximately 90 minutes in the man’s truck, while she had left Tyler and William alone in her 4Runner, with its engine running.
A pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital, however, told an investigator on Nov. 28 she didn’t believe Tyler had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning based on blood tests, according to court records.
A fund has been set up at US Bank branches, where donations can be made to the Tyler William Jensen Fund.