JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Investigators have identified the body of the woman found on Lookout Mountain as a woman from out of state. The investigation is now being called a homicide.

The woman’s body was found by a hiker Thursday at 9:40 a.m. Thursday near Windy Saddle Park and the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Her identity was discovered through fingerprints.

“She’s had prior law enforcement contact so her fingerprints were in the system and that gave us a positive ID,” said Jefferson County Sheriff spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

The woman is described as between 20 to 40 years old with dark hair. But she has no apparent connection to Colorado which has made finding her relatives difficult.

“The challenge we have right now is locating family members. Apparently there are no local ties that we have found as yet. We are still trying to find that and discover what she was doing here in Colorado because everything we’ve found about her is that her ties are all out of state,” said Techmeyer. “That can be a challenge when we’re trying to locate next of kin and notification.”

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office couldn’t say how long the body had been there. Investigators were combing the area for evidence again on Friday along with the Jeffco Sheriff Crime Lab.

Sources close to the investigation said the woman appeared to have been stabbed.

“It has been a place where bodies have been dumped in the past so we’re certainly looking at that as a possibility,” said Techmeyer.


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