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Woman Found At Colorado National Monument Was Murdered

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Colorado National Monument (credit: www.nps.gov)

Colorado National Monument (credit: http://www.nps.gov)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – There are no suspects yet in the killing of a woman whose body was found at the Colorado National Monument.

The Mesa County coroner’s office said Wednesday that 49-year-old Kathy Fortner of Grand Junction died of blunt force injuries to the head.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported that tourists taking photos discovered her body Tuesday near the west entrance to the monument, a semi-desert landscape of cliffs, canyons and towers.

The spokeswoman for the Mesa County sheriff’s office, Heather Benjamin, said investigators are working on a developing a timeline leading up to Fortner’s death. They will also check surveillance video from the entrance for clues.

Anyone who noticed anything suspicious in that area on Monday or Tuesday is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

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