Authorities Investigating After Body Was Found Near The Monument
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo. - Visitors at the Colorado National Monument made a grisly discovery Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office say before 12:30 p.m. a group of visitors were driving by the National Monument and pulled over to take a picture with a sign when they noticed a woman's body laying in the grassy area near the road.
Officials say there was no other vehicles found in the immediate vicinity of the body.
Park Rangers assisted the Sheriff's Office as they responded to the incident by closing the road leading into the West Entrance of the National Monument for several hours.
The road has since been reopened. Authorities are continuing to investigate what they described as an unattended death.
"We don't know what caused the death so we're investigating with all options are possibilities on the table. We're looking at everything as a possibility right now," said Deputy Ben Carnes with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators utilized an unmanned helicopter with a camera attached to help document the scene from an aerial view. They also plan to use the several cameras placed throughout the park to assist in gathering more information about what may have happened.
The coroner responded to the scene, he will eventually identify the body and determine the cause and manner of death which is expected to take several days.