Summit County Sheriff’s Office investigating death of woman in Breckenridge as potential homicide

There is no information about suspects and no one has been arrested at this time

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information and to reorganize the structure ahead of print publication.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible homicide after a Breckenridge woman was discovered dead in a condominium unit Sunday, May 21.

A little before 1 p.m., Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 100 block of Pelican Circle at the Villas at Swans Nest complex for a report of someone crying loudly, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arriving, deputies found the woman dead in a condo unit, the release states.

“It looks suspicious enough that we wanted to protect the scene and rule out a possible homicide, meaning that it was a death caused by another,” Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said in a phone interview.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation assisted with processing the crime scene. There is no information about suspects, and no arrests have been made at this time, according to the news release.

The Sheriff’s Office is approaching this as a homicide investigation “because of the condition we found the scene in,” FitzSimons said. He declined to elaborate on the specifics of the investigation but added, “Hopefully we’ll know more quickly.”

The Summit County Coroner’s Office on Monday morning confirmed the death of the Breckenridge resident.

Coroner Amber Flenniken said her office extends its sincerest condolences to the woman’s family.

“They are in our thoughts and prayers,” Flenniken said.

Chief Deputy Coroner Jill Ratliff is the death investigator on the case, and an autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information that would help the investigation is asked to contact Detective Brandon Vail at 970-423-8953.

The Sheriff’s Office originally posted the release to social media Sunday night but removed it around 10 p.m. due to technical difficulties with the way it was posting, according to FitzSimons. The release was reposted Monday morning.

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