Law enforcement still withholding name of Camp Hale murder victim
VAIL – A 57-year-old Summit County woman was shot to death more than a week ago, but investigators still were not ready to release her name Tuesday.
The woman’s relatives have been notified of her death, but Eagle County Sheriff’s Detective Doug Winters said Tuesday police are waiting for some last bits of evidence to “positively identify” the woman, though Keystone Resort has said she is an employee.
Meanwhile, the hunt for the woman’s killer, or killers, is in full swing, Winters said.
“We’ve had many, many leads,” Winters said. “We’ve got several different leads we’re following and the investigation is still progressing.”
The woman’s identity could be made public today when some key evidence is returned by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, agents of which are assisting in the homicide probe, he said.
The woman’s body was found at about 7 p.m. May 21, behind a green pickup truck parked about 150 yards down a dirt road just north of Pando Junction. Pando Junction is where the railroad tracks cross under U.S. Highway 24 just north of Camp Hale, between Red Cliff and Leadville.
Investigators have released few other details about the murder other than to say the woman was shot in the head, and the green pickup she was found behind, and had traveled in, belonged to a friend.
A liquor store owner in Red Cliff told the Vail Daily the woman was in his shop a few hours before her body was found. The woman apparently asked for directions to Camp Hale but investigators have not confirmed the woman was in Red Cliff before she was slain.
Eagle County sheriff’s deputies set up a roadblock at Pando Junction Thursday afternoon to hand out fliers that showed a picture of the woman’s truck.
Investigators figured many of the same people who were driving between the Vail Valley and Leadville Thursday afternoon also drove the sparsely populated route Monday afternoon.
Investigators also have been trying to locate two men seen riding in a white pickup along Highway 24 about two hours before the woman’s body was found by commuters traveling between the valley and Leadville.
“Thursday was a weekday, like Monday, and hopefully we’ll get a lot of the same traffic,” said Kim Andree, a spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to called Crimestoppers of Eagle County at (970) 328-7007 or (800) 963-TIPS or visit http://www.eaglesheriff.com and click on “extra, extra.”
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