WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Police say they identified the body of a woman found near a popular hiking trail in Wheat Ridge and will notify the family.

A woman walking her dog discovered the body Wednesday morning on the north bank of Clear Creek along 44th Avenue.

Police say they don’t know whether foul play was involved. The body was found wedged in a tree. They found evidence that enabled them to make an identification, but won’t release her name until her family is notified.

Since water is moving at a fast pace it makes it hard for them to determine if trauma is from the creek or another person.

“I don’t even know this person but I can cry really easy for her,” said Ella Roulliard, who lives in the area.

Roulliard said she hikes the trail almost every day.

“I can’t believe it because it is close, it’s in my backyard,” she said.

Lt. David Pickett with Wheat Ridge police said it’s not clear how long the body had been there.

“Being in the creek, especially at this time of year is a traumatic event,” Pickett said. “This is one of those things that unfortunately an autopsy is going to have to tell us what happened.”

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.


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