Sunday, July 28, 2013


In December 2005, 22-year-old Mary Comiskey, mother of two young children, disappeared suddenly in the vicinity of the small town of Parachute, Colorado.

In July 2013, human remains were found by hikers, along the Colorado River along County Road 309, a few miles east of Parachute. Details are a little sketchy, but CR 309 parallels the Colorado River between Parachute and Rulison.  It is not reported whether the remains were closer to the road or closer to the river. DNA testing on the remains confirms that they are the remains of Mary Comiskey.  Her remains were found less than a mile-and-a-half from where she was last seen and just a couple of hundred yards from where Mary's jacket was found back in 2008.

Remains of Mary Comiskey, missing since 2005, found- Denver Post 7/18/13
Human Remains Discovered Along Colorado River ID’d As Woman Who Disappeared In 2005- CBS4, Denver 7/18/13

Kirk Mitchell of the Denver Post's Cold Case Blog profiled the case back in February 2010.

"Shortly after Mary Comiskey, then 22, was seen sitting in a white minivan outside a ranch house in rural Garfield County several miles from Parachute on Dec. 17, 2005, she vanished."

"Her half sister Michelle Loudy, 38, who was last seen with her, said she may have fallen down a ravine in a snowstorm and been carried away by wild animals or gotten in a car with someone and taken off for a new life."

According to the Denver Post 2010 report, Mary Comiskey had become involved with a group of friends who were admittedly heavy methamphetamine users.  This group included her half-sister and Mary's boyfriend at the time, a transient former oil rig worker from Louisiana named Bill Sonnier, who was some 20 years older than Mary.

Mary's jacket was found a few days after she disappeared, in an apple orchard not far from where she was last seen by her half-sister. Now, eight years later, her remains have been found within a few hundred yards of where the jacket was found.

Cause of death has not been publicly released.  I think it is safe to speculate that contrary to the statement of Michelle Loudy, Mary did not "take off for a new life".  Instead, she met an untimely death. Prayers are sent out today on behalf of Mary Comiskey's two young children.

Rest in Peace
Mary Comiskey
d. ~12/17/2005


Time eats away at the shallow dirt graves in which murderers try to hide the physical evidence of their crimes.   Time also eats away at the shallow dirty souls in which they try to hide the guilty knowledge of their evil actions.  Either way, the truth eventually comes to light. To the murderer of Mary Comiskey, as well as to the murderer of Jack Gordon, I say "tick-tock, tick-tock..."

Monday, July 22, 2013


I've got nothing new or interesting.  Dead bodies everywhere you look, it seems like.  But, I did see this recent post by John Lilyea over at This Ain't Hell (But You Can See It From Here) blog that is worth a read.  Check it out.  John has a good blog, mostly dealing with Stolen Valor, but also touching on other relevant current issues.

What about the criminals’ “duty to retreat”? I have no way to escape someone who has forcibly gained entrance to my residence because I can barely walk. So if a criminal doesn’t want to be shot, he should depart as soon as the Glock 30 comes off my night table, because it’s his duty to stop in the commission of his crime. I’m not going to shoot someone in the back who is making his escape from the ten rounds of .45 caliber ammunition. So, why is it my duty to retreat, something I’m physically incapable of doing anyway? 

You know the old saying, "God made man,  Samuel Colt made them equal."**   Jack Gordon was 77 years old and not physically suited for a fistfight.  He did not carry a firearm, by choice, even in the remote and sometimes lawless reaches of the Sangre de Cristo ranches.  I like to think that Jack 'Stood His Ground' to the best of his ability that day.  Who knows if it would have made a difference that day in 2008 if he had been armed? 

**(Actually, according to the Colt Mfg. Co. the original saying was, "Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.")

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


     The Durango Herald has reported (June 27) that searchers have located skeletal remains and personal effects of young Dylan Redwine along Middle Mountain Road, north of Vallecito Reservoir near Durango, CO.  Dylan's case was profiled on this site previously (Part 1 and Part 2).  

Dylan Redwine's remains found- Durango Herald

Middle Mountain is north of Vallecito Reservoir. The search area ranges from 8,000 to 11,000 feet in elevation and consists of deep canyons and dense forest. Searchers found “articles” they thought might be linked to the case Sunday. At first they were uncertain if they found human or animal remains, Bender said. They spent four more days combing the area to be sure they retrieved all possible pieces of evidence.

Public announcement of a cause of death has not yet been made, pending results of a forensic examination. 

     Dylan had flown from Colorado Springs to the Durango area for a holiday visit at Thanksgiving time 2012.  The next morning he left his father's house, ostensibly to meet up with some local friends.  He did not return to the house and was reported missing later that day.  Dylan's parents had been divorced the previous year and his mother had relocated from the Four Corners region to the Front Range. 

     There have been accusations and counter-accusations about possible parental involvement in the disappearance.  It does seem possible to me that Dylan, a young teenager who was reportedly resentful of being at his father's house (as indicated by a text message he sent his mother the evening he arrived in Durango), deliberately ran away.  He could have hiked up Middle Mountain Road and fallen victim to environmental exposure.  Autopsy results will be crucial in differentiating this possible theory from a theory of possible murder.  It may be that the hardest part of this case for the family still lies ahead, as more revelations are made.

Rest In Peace


     On a general note, as we see time and time again, it is remarkable how well human bones are preserved after a body has been exposed to the elements, even for many years (here, here, here and here).  It gives me hope that Jack Gordon's remains will one day be found.