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    CO - Gunnison Co., Human remains in remote area, Sep'09 - Sheri Espinoza

    http://www.9news.com/news/article.as...3294&catid=339

    LE doesn't know yet if the remains are male or female, how long they've been there, age of person, or anything yet.
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    Human remains found near Somerset

    Posted: Sep 15, 2009 11:49 AM MDT

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    A human skull was found in western Colorado. Gunnison county sheriff's investigators say the bone was found north of Somerset. That's about 60 miles east of Grand Junction.

    Investigators found a cranium and related items that they believe will help identify the victim. Additional evidence was at the scene but the sheriff's office did not give specifics

    http://www.kjct8.com/Global/story.asp?S=11134623
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    Deputies investigate human skull found in W. Colo.

    Associated Press - September 15, 2009 1:34 PM ET


    Gunnison County sheriff's investigators said Tuesday they found additional evidence at the scene but did not offer specifics.

    They haven't released the name or sex of the dead person or said when the death occurred.

    An investigation is under way.
    http://www.krdo.com/Global/story.asp?S=11134511
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    Part of skull found near Somerset
    Identifying human remains could take weeks to months


    By PAUL SHOCKLEY/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    Identification of human remains found over the weekend on a rugged, remote hillside north of Somerset could take weeks to months, Gunnison County officials said Tuesday.

    The remains — a skull missing its lower jaw and other human bones scattered in a roughly 100-foot radius around the skull — were found Saturday by a worker who was clearing trees, according to Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Murdie.

    “No flesh, nothing ... it had been there a good long time,” Murdie said, who declined to offer a time frame estimate.

    Murdie and Gunnison County Coroner Frank Vader said Tuesday that a determination of sex and age for the remains had not been made.

    Aside from the skull, Vader said “associated artifacts” were found nearby, including unspecified bones and an item of clothing Vader declined to describe in detail.

    The skull and bones were all found in plain view; none was partially buried, Murdie said.

    The skull had two remaining upper teeth. When asked if he believed the teeth were still in a condition that would allow a viable comparison to dental records, Murdie said, “Yes, I think they would be.”

    The remains were turned over to the Gunnison County Coroner’s Office on Monday after deputies had searched the area around the find Sunday.

    Murdie said they’ll be returning to the area soon.

    Murdie described the land as heavily wooded on private property, behind a locked gate, and on a roughly 50-degree slope

    http://www.gjsentinel.com/hp/content...ins_found.html
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    I just heard on my local news tonight that it is believed these bones found are that of a woman.
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    More bones found near skull

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    Well I hope we hear something soon, I can't help but wonder if this may be Paige Birgfeld who has been missing a couple of years now from Grand Junction.


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    Gunnison sheriff: Skull, bones not Paige Birgfeld's
    By PAUL SHOCKLEY/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009


    “I don’t believe we’re dealing with Paige here.”

    Birgfeld, 34, was last heard from driving to her Grand Junction home the night of June 28, 2007.

    Murdie did not offer an estimate for how long he believes the remains were exposed outdoors. He said a preliminary analysis conducted Tuesday by anthropology faculty at Western State College, and Gunnison County Coroner Frank Vader, suggested the bones belonged to a female approximately in her 20s.

    Those descriptors have been entered into a missing persons database maintained by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Murdie said.

    They’re waiting for a match.

    “Then we go to the agency that answered that information,” Murdie said.

    The bones will be shipped to forensic pathologists in Montrose, who will be asked to determine cause and manner of death, he said.

    “There’s a lot of work to be done yet,” Murdie said.

    Gunnison authorities have said the remains — a skull missing its lower jaw bone and seven other upper-body bones — were found on steep, rough terrain that is private property just north of Somerset. A worker who was clearing trees in the area stumbled upon the bones on Saturday.

    An item of clothing, which authorities have refused to describe in detail, was also found.

    http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/conte...kull_folo.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticrose View Post
    An item of clothing, which authorities have refused to describe in detail, was also found.

    http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/conte...kull_folo.html

    BBM above

    Maybe this piece of clothing will be the key to identifying this poor soul and returning them to their family.

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    The remains are about 40 miles from where Roger Ellison was from... could it be him?


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    Quote Originally Posted by chaddylex View Post
    The remains are about 40 miles from where Roger Ellison was from... could it be him?
    I think anything is possible at this point. Guess we have to wait and see what LE announces.

    Maz


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    Quote Originally Posted by chaddylex View Post
    The remains are about 40 miles from where Roger Ellison was from... could it be him?
    http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/conte...kull_folo.html

    This article is suggesting the bones are from a female in her 20's.

    (Thanks mysticrose for the article.)

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    I wonder if this is who this could be, she disappeared in 1998 from Paonia, CO which is only 9.7 miles from Somerset:

    Sheri Espinoza

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2783dfco.html
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    Sheriff: Skull female
    Published/Last Modified on Thursday, September 17, 2009 3:27 PM MDT

    His officers are using Colorado Bureau of Investigation databases to locate the names and dates of missing persons within the past 10 to 15 years, and those departments with missing persons are being contacted for information.
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    The skull contained two teeth appropriate for dental comparison and that possibility is being considered.

    http://www.montrosepress.com/article...9848731956.txt
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    Renewed hope for family of missing girl

    Posted: Sep 16, 2009 10:52 PM MDT


    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- Bones found in Gunnison County are giving hope to a Grand Junction family, hoping it's their daughter.

    The human skull was located Saturday, September 12th north of the town of Somerset. Authorities are saying they have a reason to believe the skull is that of a female.

    The Blee family is one of 19 families on the Western Slope who pay close attention every time human remains are found, hoping for some sort of resolution to their cold case.

    http://www.kjct8.com/Global/story.asp?S=11146460
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