| News |

How did that body wind up hanging in a Boulder tree?

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

View Larger Map

Earlier this week, a Boulder County resident was hiking near the 200 block of Sandy Drive, a Sugarloaf Mountain area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), when he came upon what the Boulder County Sheriff's Office described as "a person hanging in a tree." A dead person, as it turns out -- and the decedent had been there a while "based on the level of decomposition."

What happened? Boulder County Coroner Thomas Faure isn't telling all at this point; his office is still trying to locate next of kin. However, he does reveal that "the cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging. Our guess is suicide." A gruesome discovery in one of the more beautiful parts of the state. Read the release below.

Unattended Death Investigation

Case # 09-5762

On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at approximately 6:25 pm, Boulder County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Sandy Drive, located in unincorporated Boulder County, on the report of a person hanging in a tree, located south of Sandy Drive in a remote wooded area. A hiker who lived in the area located the decedent.

Upon arrival at the scene, the decedent appeared to have been at that location for an extended period of time, based on the level of decomposition. Members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue group were called to the scene, to assist with a technical evacuation of the body. The identity of the decedent has not been confirmed and pending further investigation. At this time there is no foul play suspected. Sheriff's office detectives and investigators of the Boulder County Coroner's Office are investigating the death jointly.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.