Services to be today for monument slay victim

A woman killed last week whose body was found in Colorado National Monument will be buried following services scheduled today in her native Mississippi.

Kathy Fortner, 49, grew up in Greenville, Miss., where she attended schools and continued to reside before moving to Grand Junction last November, family members wrote in an obituary published Monday by the Delta Democrat Times newspaper.

Fortner is survived by her parents, Charles and Judy Wilson, also of Greenville. Reached at the family home, Fortner’s sister, Cindy Edwards, said law enforcement had advised them not to talk to media.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department last week said Fortner had been reported missing to the agency around the time tourists on July 2 stumbled upon her body near the west entrance of Colorado National Monument. The area where the body was found is roughly 300 feet north of the western entrance and 10 feet off the east side of the road.

Fortner died as a result of blunt-force injuries to the head in what was ruled a homicide.

An investigation remains active.


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