MESA COUNTY, COLO (KKCO) --- June 28, 2007 was the last time Paige Birgfeld was seen. Since that time, her car was found burned, her Dad said not enough was being done to find her, and countless hours were spent looking for the missing mother of three.
On March 6, 2012 investigators got a break in the case. The Delta County Sheriff’s office, just south of Mesa County where Birgfeld was last seen, called Mesa County after receiving a report of human remains found. Hikers had stumbled upon the skeletal remains just off Highway 50 in the Wells Gulch area. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Delta County Coroner’s Office, Mesa County Coroner’s Office, and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.
Forensic odontology has been used to tentatively identify the remains as belonging to Paige Birgfeld of Grand Junction. KKCO 11 News learned dental records identified the woman, but a DNA test is still pending.
KKCO 11 News asked the Delta County Sheriff, Fred McKee about the condition of the remains. He described them to us as bones, not decaying remains but would not elaborate on the type of bones or how many. It’s also still not known if there was any visible trauma to the body.
The next step is a DNA comparison from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. That will confirm the results of the initial identifying information. Then the remains may be forwarded to a forensic anthropologist in an attempt to identify any evidence of trauma.
In addition to the bones, other personal items were found along with the remains. Authorities won’t elaborate on what those personal items were.
Investigators are continuing to search the Wells Gulch area for any clues that would show how the body arrived in the area or any clues as to how Paige Birgfeld died.
Paige Birgfeld was reported missing in a 2007 Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Investigation that has since been classified as a homicide.