It could take several weeks, if not months, before authorities reach a conclusion about the shooting death of Durango man Ted Garcia, an investigator said Wednesday.
We are still working our way through it, said Lt. Ed Phippen, with the La Plata County Sheriffs Office. Were still interviewing; were still processing the evidence.
The Sheriffs Office is waiting for forensic test results from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, he said. Some testing is expected to takes weeks or months to complete.
No arrests have been made.
Garcia, a chef and manager at Franciscos Restaurante y Cantina, 619 Main Ave., was found shot to death July 24 at his home in the 1000 block of County Road 206, just west of city limits.
Investigators so far have been unable to determine if Garcia was murdered or if he shot himself, Phippen said.
Authorities received a 911 call about 11 a.m. from Garcias brother-in-law, Joseph Dernago. Garcia had been shot in the torso, and his body lay in the kitchen and dining area. A hunting rifle was nearby.
An autopsy determined Garcia suffered a contact wound, meaning the barrel of the gun was against his shirt and chest when it fired.