Two men die inside car in Edwards garage
December 13, 2005
EDWARDS – Two men were found dead in a parked car in Edwards Sunday night, possibly the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. Their names have not yet been released by authorities.The two Hispanic men were discovered dead and frozen in a car parked in a garage at Lake Creek Village Apartments, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mike McWilliam said. The men had not been seen since Friday afternoon.”There was some alcohol in the vehicle,” McWilliam said. “It’s possible they were running the vehicle inside the closed garage and they got carbon monoxide poisoning.”McWilliam said the bodies were transported to Grand Junction Monday for a forensic autopsy to determine the cause of death.”We won’t know for a couple of days,” McWilliam said. “They were frozen, so they need to thaw out.”McWilliam said the apparent driver of the vehicle has been identified, and that he was a resident of Lake Creek Village. He said if anyone knows the identity of the other man, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously at (970) 328-7007.Man found dead in van is Dennis RibenA man found dead in a VW van above Singletree in Eagle County last Wednesday has been identified as Dennis Riben. The cause of death is pending results of toxicology tests, according to Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis.Bettis said Ribbon had no local address and appeared to have been living out of his vehicle. According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the van had been parked on the June Creek access road for about a month. When sheriff’s deputies investigated, they found Riben dead inside, as well as a dead dog.Riben had previously lived in Leadville, Bettis said, and had a current Vail ski pass. No foul play is suspected in his death.