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Pampered Chef: Dismembered Body Found in Colorado

  1. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    Could it be Paige? No one knows yet. Personally, I have my doubts, but read on and draw your own conclusions.

    Source: Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

    Body found in orchard dismembered

    By MIKE WIGGINS/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    A body found in an orchard west of Glenwood Springs was not a young girl but a woman who had been dismembered, authorities said Sunday.

    Garfield County sheriff’s spokeswoman Holly Hopple said the victim is a Caucasian woman who was between 20 and 35 years old. The woman had extensive dental work, multiple tattoos and brown hair with blonde highlights.

    Hopple said authorities have not recovered all of the woman’s remains.

    “We’re searching for additional remains as well as further evidence,” she said.

    The woman has yet to be identified. Hopple said an autopsy performed Saturday by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office could not determine the cause or time of death.

    A worker discovered the woman’s body Friday morning in an apple orchard up Canyon Creek Road north of Interstate 70. The body was reportedly in a bag but had been pulled out by animals.

    Sheriff Lou Vallario previously said it seemed more likely that the body was dumped in the orchard than that the woman was killed there.

    Asked whether the body could be that of Paige Birgfeld, the 34-year-old Grand Junction mother missing for nearly two years, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Sunday night he had not been contacted by Garfield County authorities.

    Earlier news reports, based on accounts from witnesses, had indicated the victim was a young girl.

    Hopple said the FBI on Sunday joined the other agencies involved in the investigation and search for evidence, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, the Garfield County Coroner’s Office and search and rescue teams from Garfield and Mesa counties.

    She said investigators and volunteers have been combing the area from 8 a.m. to sunset each day since the body was discovered. She said authorities have recovered other evidence in addition to the woman’s remains but wouldn’t say what it was.

    Authorities are working to maintain the integrity of the crime scene by stationing deputies there overnight and restricting access. Eastbound U.S. Highway 6, which runs parallel to I-70, is open to residential traffic only.

    Canyon Creek Road is open to residential traffic only with a law-enforcement escort, Hopple said.
  2. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    At the very least this should lead to closure for some hurting family somewhere.
    Jun 15, 2009
  3. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    Absolutely. No one deserves to die this way.
  4. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Interesting...I doubt that it's Paige, but agree with Rae.
    Jun 15, 2009
  5. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

    Doubt it was Paige too... Wasn't she tall? So said to have a death like this broadcasted all over and then the poor family finds out who it is!
    Jun 15, 2009
  6. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    Also, does anyone know if Paige had tattoos? If she didn't, then that makes the question of whether this body is her a moot point.

    And I agree with Rae, too. Even if it isn't Paige, I hope it helps some family.
    Jun 15, 2009
  7. heat123

    heat123 Legend Member Silver Member

    Prayers to the victims family.
    Jun 15, 2009
  8. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

    Wow, thank you for the update KG.

    If Paige is gone I hope for her family it's her.

    Like others have said, someone will at least have closure.
  9. this is so sad! i hope they find her so they can have closure!
    Jun 15, 2009
  10. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

    thank you, kg, for keeping us updated.
    Jun 15, 2009
  11. baychef

    baychef Senior Member Silver Member

    Thank you KG. Seeing Paige in the early part of May, just 1 1/2 months before her disappearance, I doubt highly if it is her. No she is not tall, around 5' 3". I saw her in a bikini on the beach and there were no tatoos. If she had any, they were either unable to be seen or so small they were not noticeable. She would have had to have had extensive tatoos in that short amount of time, if it is her. Her hair was the same then as it was in all of the pictures we saw of her. She had brown hair with no blonde highlights.

    As all of you said, hopefully a family that has been in pain can now have some closure.
    Jun 15, 2009
  12. c00p

    c00p Veteran Member Gold Member

    Wow, what a horrible death for someone. How tragic. I pray that the person responsible for this heinous crime is found and convicted to the most severe degree.
    Jun 15, 2009
  13. janetupnorth

    janetupnorth Legend Member Gold Member

    I agree with the rest, not Paige most likely. I think Paige's "official height" was 5'4", she was 110 lbs. and mainly blond hair (but I'd call it more brown). She would be 36 right now. Bodies always look older after death so if they are saying this one looks 20-35, I wouldn't doubt it is closer to 20.
    Jun 15, 2009
  14. janetupnorth

    janetupnorth Legend Member Gold Member

    I also don't thing this looks like a lot of tatoos...

    Jun 15, 2009
  15. momoftwins

    momoftwins Veteran Member

    Thanks for the update KG! I doubt it is Paige but hope this family gets closure. How horrible!
    Jun 15, 2009
  16. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    I'm almost positive that the body is not that of Paige, for a number of reasons, some which have been posted here already. This report pretty much brings it home for me.

    No Missing-Person Match For Body In Colo. Orchard

    Link: Denver CBS Affiliate


    Authorities say a woman whose dismembered body was found in an apple orchard near Glenwood Springs doesn't match the description of anyone reported missing in Garfield County.

    The body was found Friday morning.

    The sheriff's office says the victim hasn't been identified. She was a Caucasian woman between 20 and 35 who had brown hair with blonde highlights, multiple tattoos and extensive dental work.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Holly Hopple said Monday anyone who knows of a missing person matching that description should call authorities.

    Hopple says a teenage boy discovered part of the body while clearing debris in an orchard about five miles west of Glenwood Springs.

    She says authorities are still searching for remains and other evidence.

    One person who is watching the investigation closely is Frank Birgfeld, father of Paige Birgfeld. She has been missing since July of 2007 outside of Grand Junction, which is just one county west of Garfield County.

    Frank Birgfeld says his daughter did not have lots of tattoos to his knowledge and had good teeth. He says he has not been contacted by officials with regard to this latest case.
  17. Crystal Patton

    Crystal Patton Advanced Member

    Thanks for the update KG!!!
  18. quiverfull7

    quiverfull7 Legacy Member Gold Member

    Not only no closure for Paige's family but the knowledge that another family has lost someone... Prayers going up for all of them. Prayers also for KG who so diligently keeps us updated and informed. Bless you and all those whose lives you impact. I know it's a labor of love and kindness and mercy... and you need to know it's appreciated.
    Jun 15, 2009
  19. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Thanks, KG! I know what you mean, Diane. Until Paige's disappearance I was completely clueless as to how many people simply vanish. It's frightening and heartbreaking.
    Jun 16, 2009
  20. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

    I hope this person is identified.

    Honestly ... since Paige has been missing two years, I dont' think they'd know this much about her this soon. (eye and hair color, tatoos, etc.) So I don't think it's her.

    Praying for both families.
  21. dianevill

    dianevill Senior Member Gold Member

    Thank you, KG. I don't get to spend much time on CS any more, but I check in each and every day to see if there are updates on Paige. Please know that I am so appreciative for all you do, KG!
    Jun 16, 2009
  22. Chef Endora

    Chef Endora Advanced Member Gold Member

    Yes! KG, you are a true & faithful friend.
    Jun 16, 2009
  23. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    No Reason To Believe Found Body is Paige

    GarCo Sheriff's office following up on leads[/SIZE]

    Link: KKCO News, Grand Junction NBC Affiliate

    The Garfield County Sheriff's Office says it has taken several calls from the public about the dismembered body that was found near Glenwood Springs last week.

    The Sheriff's Office says families have been calling in about missing persons and investigators are following up on every call.

    The Sheriff's Office says it has no local missing persons cases that match the description of the body found off of Canyon Creek Road.

    Investigators say the woman had tattoos and extensive dental work and was between 20 and 35 years old.

    She has not been identified yet and officials are asking anyone with information about the case to contact them at 970–245–0101.

    11 News spoke with Mesa County Sheriff's Office officials who say they have no reason to believe the body is that of missing Grand Junction woman Paige Birgfeld.
  24. Crystal Patton

    Crystal Patton Advanced Member

    I think it is amazing that they address Paige's case specifically, that there are still that many people who are calling them about her.
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