Step-Grandfather Wants Proper Burial for Jensen Brothers, Retains Attorney
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo. It was just a week ago that 4-year-old Tyler Jensen was found inside a car on the Grand Mesa, alongside his younger brother William, who had died when medical personnel arrived. According to the Mesa county Sheriff's Office, Tyler has died in a Denver hospital.
The children's step-grandfather, Robert Mathena, told NewsChannel 5 he has retained a lawyer in order to get custody over the bodies of both children. He says he wants to give them both a proper burial. Mathena said the boys mother, Heather Jensen, has told a family member she would rather have the boys cremated. Mathena does not want to see that happen.
Mathena said the family plans on holding a vigil either Wednesday night or the next.
Mesa County Sheriff's Office officials say the children's deaths are still being investigated, and at this point, it has not been ruled a criminal investigation. However, authorities say this case is very much active and ongoing. They say they're in the process of talking to many people involved, they're continuing to gather evidence and have issued several search warrants. Among the search warrants include the mother's car and home.
All documents associated with the case are sealed by a judge.
Public information officer for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Heather Benjamin, said, "It holds the integrity of the case together, it withholds that information so that if investigators collect evidence, they can then use that when they are asking questions, doing interviews or maybe going to another site."
Officials confirmed that Tyler's autopsy will be done by the Mesa County Coroner. William's autopsy has still not been released.