GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Grand Junction man Friday in connection with the disappearance and death of Paige Birgfeld, who went missing more than seven years ago.
Lester Ralph Jones, 63, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree arson.
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Birgfeld, the mother of three, was last heard from on June 28, 2007, and investigators found her car on fire in a parking lot three days later, about 2 miles from her home.
Her skeletal remains were not found until 2012 when they were discovered by hikers in a dry creek bed near the Mesa-Delta county line.
Birgfeld managed the escort service Models Inc. and it’s believed Jones was a client of Birgfeld’s.