Body found in canal IDd by hip replacement
GRAND JUNCTION Authorities say a 59-year-old woman whose body was found in an irrigation canal in Fruita was identified using a lot number engraved on her hip replacement.
Mesa Countys chief deputy coroner, Kim Hollingshead, said Elizabeth Susanne Hiles of Grand Junction drowned and her death has been ruled an accident.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported that Hiles body was found Thursday morning near her home.
Coroners officials contacted the company that made the hip replacement, and a representative checked the numbers in a database and made a possible identification. Authorities then went to Hiles neighborhood, where a neighbor identified the woman through a photograph.
Man arrested in Breckenridge slaying
BRECKENRIDGE Police have made an arrest in the death of a 45-year-old man whose body was found at a trailhead near a Breckenridge resort.
The Summit Daily News reported that 50-year-old Gregory Scott Gavin was arrested Thursday near Keystone and faces charges of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Authorities say the body of Karl Kohler was found in the woods at the Burro Trail trailhead near Beaver Run Resort on May 19. His death was ruled a homicide due to blunt-force trauma.