Suspicious death in Park County being investigated as a homicide |

Suspicious death in Park County being investigated as a homicide

PARK COUNTY ” On Wednesday, Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener announced the death of a young adult woman in a remote area of Park County, a death the sheriff’s office is calling “suspicious and is being investigated as a possible homicide.”

At around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Park County dispatch received a report that a female party had radioed a co-worker for help. The two workers were performing survey work in a remote area of the San Isabel National Forest, just west of U.S. Hwy 285, about 2 miles north of Hwy. 24. The area is locally known as the Pony Springs area. When the co-worker responded to the radio call, the victim could not be located and was reported missing. Deputies responded and a search and rescue operation was commenced.

The search continued until 11:38 p.m., when search and rescue personnel located the body of the victim. Cause of death has not yet been determined, but is being treated as a homicide.

A “person of interest” apparently camping in the area is being questioned by investigators. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Breck Outdoor Education Center receives banner gift from the Alcon Foundation

BRECKENRIDGE ” The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) announced that it has received a $90,000 grant from the Alcon Foundation, to be paid over three years. This funding will be directed toward enhancing and building the capacity of its programs for the visually impaired.

“It is the BOEC’s privilege to help open the outdoors to the visually impaired and we could ask for no better partner than Alcon,” said Bruce Fitch, executive director of the BOEC.

Funding from the Alcon Foundation will be used to:

– Create new programs to serve visually impaired persons nationwide;

– Provide tuition assistance for visually impaired persons to attend our programs and tie in with Alcon’s effort to improve public recognition of its caring culture, good works and social responsibility;

– Provide increased training for staff and volunteers to conduct wilderness programming and ski and snowboard lessons for persons with visual impairments;

– Increase the accessibility of the Scott Griffith Lodge for visually impaired populations; and

– Support outreach efforts to visually impaired groups, agencies, schools and individuals.

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