Public Asked to Help Identify Human Remains

Deceased man was found in December in Orchard Mesa area

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Investigators are hoping members of the public can help identify skeletal remains found in the Grand Valley last year.

Officials with the Mesa County Coroner’s Office say the remains were discovered on December 20 in the area of 27 ¼ Road and B ½ Road in Orchard Mesa.

It is estimated that the person had been at that location for at least several months but less than several years.  Authorities say there are no obvious signs of foul play in connection to the death.

A report by the Colorado Mesa University Forensic Investigation Research Station finds that the skeletal remains belong to an adult male, age 25 to 40, with a maximum likelihood of 30 to 40 years of age.

He was believed to be white with a possible Hispanic mixture, about 5’5” to 6’, and had a full set of healthy teeth.

Among his possessions were a Chevrolet key ring, a white metal necklace with a crucifix, a leather boot, and Rock & Republic shorts or pants.

Anyone with information regarding this person can call the Mesa County Coroner’s Office at (970) 256-6462 and press option 3, or email them at coroner@mesacounty.us.

You can also call the Grand Junction Police Department at (970) 242-6707.  When contacting either agency, you are asked to reference the case number: 16-78007.
 


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