SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – Police continue to investigate a murder on the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort.
A man’s body was found at the base of Peak 9 on Saturday by a worker cleaning up trash. Had been living in a tent in the wooded area, investigators told FOX31 Denver.
“This is an isolated incident,” said Captain Jamie Fitzsimmons of the Summit County Sheriff’s office. “It doesn’t fit a pattern of crimes; people in this area use if for recreation such as hiking and camping.”
The victim’s campsite was found near the murder scene.
“Here in the woods we get season squatters. This man has apparently been there for some time and was found near his tent,” said Fitzsimmons.
According to local sources, investigators believe the man was killed by someone using a baseball bat as a weapon. Detectives are searching the area for the murder weapon.
One of investigators’ best clues may come from a Conoco gas station near the trailhead.
Employees told FOX31 Denver that detectives pulled their surveillance video and told them they believe the video had images of their suspect and a possible murder weapon.
“They said they caught him on video going into the dumpster area…putting a bat in there and then pulling it back out,” said Joey Fulcher, who lives in an apartment on top of the gas station.
FOX31 Denver’s Justin Joseph asked deputies why they waited 24 hours to make news of the murder public, to which authorities said they have no reason to believe there is a threat to the public and they say they need the public’s help identifying the victim.
The victim has not been identified, but he is described as a white male in his 40’s
Investigators are not releasing additional information because there are details that “only someone with knowledge of the murder would know,” authorities said.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the victim as well as any potential witnesses or suspects is asked to contact Detective Jared Dennis at (970) 423-8907 or JaredD@co.summit.co.us. The SCSO is also asking that the area around the trailhead be kept clear, as the investigation is still in progress.