The body of an unidentified white male, suspected to be in his early 40s, was found at about noon Saturday at the Burro Trail Trailhead, located on Forest Service property near Beaver Run Resort at Peak 9 at Breckenridge.
Officials are not offering many details of the incident other than to say the victim appeared to be squatting, or camped out long-term on Forest Service land, presumably to do seasonal work in town.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Breckenridge Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Office, Summit County Rescue Group, Summit County Coroner and the Summit County District Attorney's Office are working jointly on the investigation.
"We're still trying to put together leads as to what's going on," said Jamie Fitzsimmons with the sheriff's office.
Officials indicated the man had been camped at the site for several days, but would not release how long the body had been there. They also did not reveal the condition in which the body was found, though second-hand information indicated a baseball bat was involved, with bodily trauma on the victim.
"We are investigating this as a homicide," Fitzsimmons said, though he did not verify or deny that there was disturbance in the scene.
Officials withheld announcing the incident to the public for 24 hours while initial investigations proceeded.
"We wanted to wait until we revealed any more information. At this point, it is not revealing any information, so we decided to come to the public," Fitzsimmons said.
Officials are seeking information on potential squatters, witnesses or suspects in the case. However, they are not suggesting local residents become fearful.
"This doesn't fit a pattern of crimes," Fitzsimmons said. "Breckenridge is a safe place, a safe community. ... This is an isolated incident."
Locals living nearby in the Warriors Mark neighborhood, just over the ridge, travel through the forest land to get to Breckenridge Resort trails. The trailhead is roughly a 10-minute walk from town. The body was found approximately 100 yards from the trailhead.
"I've never felt threatened here any time in my life," Warriors Mark resident Nicole Trombetta said. "It's a scary thought that there could be someone out there. ... I'd like to know answers. I feel like I didn't get too much."
Others say their doors are often unlocked, that it's easy to walk to a friend's house and let yourself in.
"It's weird," Warriors Mark resident Michael Douglas said. "It's out of its element."
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the victim as well as any potential witnesses or suspects is asked to contact detective Jared Dennis at (970) 423-8907.