Suspicious Death on North Avenue

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UPDATE: The victim has been identified from Thursday’s alleged murder at the emporium in Grand Junction.

Flowers and balloons were set out Sunday in remembrance of the alleged murder victim who has now been identified as 24-year-old Jessica Strothman of Grand Junction.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be a stab wound to the chest, and the manner of death is ruled to be a homicide.

Law enforcement received a tip Friday that the alleged killer, Brachon Hyer had confessed to the crime, and was located and detained at the 2700 Block of G Road.

Grand Junction police believe the suspect is the same man captured on security video.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Investigators with the Grand Junction Police Department are looking into what’s being called a suspicious death. This comes after a dead woman is found inside Emporium in Grand Junction Thursday.

The report to police came in from someone who found the body at about 12:00 PM, at least two hours after Emporium opens. When police were able to determine the female as deceased, a heavy police presence arrived on scene and shut down westbound traffic from 18th Street to 23rd Street.

Video cameras in the area captured images of a person of interest, pictured below, in the area of the business shortly before the reporting party called 9-1-1.

If you live in the area of N. 15th Street to N. 23rd Street, between North Avenue and Orchard Avenue, and you have potential video evidence from Thursday, February 6th, between the hours of 10:00am to 12:00pm, please contact the Grand Junction Police Department at 970.242.6707.

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