Shoelike pattern on body of woman who fell to her death in Rabbit Valley

An abrasion with a tread pattern that resembled a shoe worn by her husband was found on the body of a Clifton woman who fell to her death in Rabbit Valley in April, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

Dannah Foster, 23, was more than seven times over the legal alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle when she fell to her death, the coroner’s office said. Her blood-alcohol concentration was 0.609 percent. Drivers in Colorado cannot legally drive with a blood-alcohol concentration of more than 0.08 percent.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department worked with the coroner’s office to analyze the abrasion on Foster but cannot conclude how the abrasion occurred, but the “footwear ... cannot be excluded from making the impression,” according to the CBI report.

The abrasion, which could be characterized as a bruise, was located on Foster’s upper right abdomen or lower right chest, the coroner’s office said.

Foster’s husband, James Foster, has not been arrested and is not being sought for arrest. The investigation of Dannah Foster’s death has been concluded, said spokeswoman Lisa McCammon of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Local television reports showed Foster distraught after his wife’s death.

Dannah Foster was camping with her husband and another couple April 8 at the Knowles Canyon Overlook when she left the group that night. She was not reported missing to authorities until 2 p.m. the next day, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Search and rescue teams recovered her body from the bottom of the cliff that night. She fell 140 feet.

Dannah Foster’s cause of death is from multiple injuries and her manner of death is undetermined, the coroner’s office said.

McCammon said the Sheriff’s Department has long known that a print found on Foster resembles tread on a shoe worn by her husband.

“The problem with the case, is that it is suspicious,” McCammon said. “There is no way to know when it happened. That could have happened from horseplay earlier in the day. Her blood alcohol level at 0.60 — that’s a lot of alcohol. There’s a lot of suspicious circumstances around it, but not enough to prove a criminal case.”

McCammon said James Foster and others at the camp had been interviewed extensively by investigators. The campers said they thought Dannah Foster had left the camp to go home that night, their explanation for why search and rescue was not called until the afternoon of the next day. All of the campers had been drinking alcohol that night, she said.

A message was not returned Monday from a possible cell phone number for James Foster.

According to their separate Facebook pages, the couple’s second wedding anniversary would have been Monday. Both attended Moffat County High School, Dannah graduating in 2005 and James graduating in 2001. They both attended Mesa State College.

Dannah Foster’s Facebook page (her main photo is of the couple kissing as the sun sets on their wedding day) is still taking comments. Many of the entries are from James expressing how much he loves and misses her, the latest entry from him posted Friday.


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