A surprising bit of news emerged from western Colorado this past week. A hiker near the small town of Gateway stumbled upon a partially buried car. Inside were the skeletal remains of Mr. Ronald Vasey.
Skeletal remains near Gateway linked to 26-year-old case
Mesa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Lewis told The Daily Sentinel a man hiking alone along steep terrain off John Brown Canyon Road called 911 around 6 p.m. Thursday to report the discovery of a human skeleton inside a vehicle, which was down a cliff roughly 100 feet off the roadway. The hiker found a “very old station wagon” with no license plates, Lewis said. The vehicle was partially obscured by rocks and various sediment, he said.
Reports go on to speculate that Mr. Vasey, who was 65 years old at the time of his disappearance and had been in poor health, probably committed suicide by driving off the cliff in the rugged canyon.
Coroner identifies skeleton found near Gateway
The Mesa County Coroner Dean Havlik says the skeleton found last Thursday in John Brown Canyon is that of Ronald Vasey, who disappeared in 1987 when he was 65-years-old.
The condition of the skeleton has not been released to the public, but the remains were sufficient for a positive identification, when taken in conjunction with personal effects found at the scene. Once again, this case points up the fact that skeletal remains can last for a VERY, VERY long time, especially in very arid climates. Something to keep in mind for all of you who are hiding or contemplating hiding a body.