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Body discovered near Colorado National Monument, death ruled homicide

A an investigation is underway after tourists found a body near the Colorado National Monument on Tuesday.

The body of an adult woman was found near the west entrance, KJCT reported.

The woman has been identified as Kathy Forter, 49, of Grand Junction. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

"Dispatch received a 911 call from some visitors to the monument who reported they found a body," Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Ben Carnes told KJCT. "My understanding of how they found the body is they stopped to take a picture of the entrance sign to the Colorado National Monument and saw it, they just happened to stumble across it and called us immediately."

For now, Forter's death remains a mystery. Her body was found just off the road, roughly 300 feet north of the west entrance in Fruita.

"We're utilizing an unmanned aerial vehicle. It's a small remote control helicopter with a camera on it to help document the scene. It helps us get more accurate measurements as well as just a different perspective to help us understand what happened," explains Carnes.

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