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Community holds vigil for missing cyclist Tim Watkins as EPCSO investigates body found in Monument

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MONUMENT, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a death investigation is underway in the Mount Herman Road area near Monument. 

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office says a civilian located a person believed to be deceased late Sunday morning. When investigators arrived, they confirmed that notion, and opened the investigation. 

At the same time, a community search effort was underway to locate missing Palmer Lake bicyclist Tim Watkins. 


Watkins was last seen heading out for a bike ride on Thursday. When he did not return, his friends and family launched a search effort.

Though the sheriff's office could not confirm or deny that the body found was Watkins, those close to him did confirm the search was suspended at that time, and that Watkins had passed. They did not go into further detail out of respect for the sheriff's office investigation, but did say there were indications that it was a criminal investigation. 

The sheriff's office says an autopsy would have ot be completed before the identity of the body is released. 

An EPCSO spokesperson is also calling the investigation a "death investigation" rather than a "recovery," so it appears detectives are looking into whether foul play was involved. 

In the meantime, the Palmer Lake community held a vigil to remember Watkins on Sunday night. 

Hundreds of people gathered at the Palmer Lake Town Hall and the fire department lit up the Palmer Lake Star to honor Watkins. 

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