The Garfield County Coroner says his office is working to identify a body found on an island in the Colorado River near Parachute.
The human remains were in a state of decomposition making identifying the decedent more complicated. Preliminarily, the coroner’s office was able to make a presumptive identification based on tattoos and clothing. However, the Coroner’s Office will not release the identity of the decedent until additional identifying characteristics are determined. This could occur as soon as the autopsy is complete or it could take longer. The next of kin involving the presumptive identification has been notified of the investigation.
The cause and manner are pending investigation, which will include an autopsy. An autopsy will be scheduled for early this week.