Many of the photos on Spencer Pannwitz's Facebook page show the twenty-year-old from Parker engaged in adventurous activities: jumping, flipping, diving and contemplating nature from great heights. These images only make Pannwitz's premature death seem that much sadder: He appears to have fallen from a fourth-floor dormitory window. More photos, a video and details below.
The profile photo from Pannwitz's Facebook page shows him plunging into a mountain pool....
...and other images are just as outdoorsy. Examples include this fishing pic....
...and a lighthearted pose with a peak in the background....
...as well as gravity-defying images from the slopes:
Then came tragedy. At about 2 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, according to the Grand Junction Police Department, dispatchers received a 911 call from passersby reporting a motionless man outside a dormitory on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
The dormitory near where Pannwitz's body was found.
The Grand Junction Fire Department responded and took the man, later ID'd as Pannwitz, to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, the GJPD launched an investigation and announced the suspicion that Pannwitz had fallen from a fourth-floor window and noted that there was no indication of foul play.
If this supposition holds, Pannwitz's death is likely to be ruled a tragic accident -- one that's already shaken the CMU community, Grand Junction's KJCT-TV notes.
Our sincere condolences to Pannwitz's friends, family and loved ones. See the aforementioned KJCT piece below.
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