Teller County

New information released about human remains found in Teller County

TELLER COUNTY, Colo - The Teller County Coroner's Office has released more details about human bones that were found by tourists in Teller County Friday night. 

The remains were found off of Highway 67 just south of Mueller State Park by a family that was visiting the area to look at the fall colors. 

Coroner Al Born says that among the bones found were a skull, teeth, spine, pelvis, leg bones and arm bones. He says the chest cavity and ribs were not found. Born says that blue jeans, a coat, a t-shirt and a shoe were also found.

As previously reported, the death is being investigated as a homicide. Born says he does not believe victim got lost because the remains were found near roads and homes.

Born says he thinks the remains belong to a white or Hispanic male in his mid-20s. He believes the body had been there for two years or less. The cause of death has not been determined. 

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation spent much of Saturday searching for evidence.

Barbara Budd and her family were out looking at the fall colors when they found the remains.

"There was a shoe laying on the ground, I just knew I had found something," Budd said about the discovery.

Budd said questions began to swirl in her head as her family contacted police.

"You know there's a family there missing a loved one and you know, they need closure," Budd said.

Budd hopes authorities will be able to answer questions surrounding the unusual case soon.

"You know, you just wonder, who is it, is it a man or a woman, what happened, was it an accident, was it not an accident," Budd said. "How long have they been there, where's the family that's missing a loved one? It's sad."


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