DELTA, Colo. – Human remains found north of Delta have been tentatively identified as Paige Birgfeld, a 34-year-old Grand Junction mother of three who disappeared in 2007.
The remains, described as a full skeleton, along with other personal items were discovered Tuesday in a dry creek bed near the Mesa-Delta county lines, according to Delta County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Matt Lewis.
The area is known as Wells Gulch.
“Forensic odontology (dental records) has been used to tentatively identify the remains,” said Lewis. “DNA comparison will be requested through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to confirm these results.”
Birgfeld was known as “Carrie” to customers of the escort service Models Inc., which she managed.
Investigators found her car on fire in a parking lot on July 1, 2007 roughly two miles from her home.
She was last heard from on June 28, 2007.
Authorities have suspected foul play from the beginning. However, the case remains unsolved and no arrests have been made.
Frank Birgfeld, along with volunteers -many of them strangers- spent years searching for Paige in difficult conditions.
"It was hot. It was 115 degrees. We were going over terrain that was hard... 150 people, none of whom knew me, few of them who knew her... people who were just decent human beings," Birgfeld told us.
He doesn't feel much relief now that his daughter has been found. "None...I don't cry much, but I cried today."
Investigators are still trying to determine how Paige Birgfeld died.