Vehicle and Body Located in Black Canyon

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Walter Jackson, 18 (Montrose County Sheriff’s Office)

Montrose, COLO.—The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has located a body of a young male, along with a 2018 Black Chevrolet Tahoe in a remote area east of Montrose on Friday afternoon.

Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield, M.D., was called to the scene. Based upon the circumstances, the recovered paperwork and the vehicle identification, it is presumed that the body is that of Walter Kent Jackson, an 18-year-old student from Western Colorado University in Gunnison who has been missing since Oct. 19. Cause and manner of death are pending autopsy results and toxicology analysis. The case is under investigation by the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, the Gunnison Police Department (GPD), and the Montrose County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigation.

Walter Jackson was reported to GPD as a missing person on Wednesday, Oct. 21. An initial cell phone location placed Jackson in an area northwest of Montrose County. The MCSO was called to assist the investigation, and began search efforts in Montrose County. A more specific cellular location technology indicated an area east of Montrose on Thursday afternoon. Further investigation led authorities to the vehicle location. At this time, authorities are waiting for clear conditions to begin recovery operations.    

All agencies would like to express their heartfelt sympathies to the family and communities affected by the loss.

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