Police Have Suspect In Garfield County Shooting Death

Glenwood Springs-There were new developments Thursday in the case of a hunter found shot to death in Garfield County last month. During a news conference, the Garfield County Sheriff announces authorites are now pursuing a suspect in the shooting death of a Qwest Communications executive.

The family of Jeff Garrett, 37, was planning to make a public plea for information about the mystereious shooting death, but instead Sheriff Lou Vallario declared a witness has stepped forward and a suspect is wanted for questioning.

Vallario says the suspect is a Mexican national, who is believed to have returned to his native country. The man, whose name is not being released, was a ranch hand for the Bear Wallow Ranch located near the B.L.M. land where the shooting took place.

Officials say the suspect told other workers on the ranch that he planned to go turkey hunting that day. When he returned, the suspect said he may have shot someone by mistake.

Garrett's body was found in an area west of New Castle called “East Elk Creek.” The Aurora man left in the morning on a turkey hunting trip with two friends. All three split up and agreed to meet later. When Garrett didn't arrive on time, search and rescue was called to assist

District Attorney Colleen Truden is working with the family and the sheriff's office. Authorities say although garrett's death is being investigated as a homicide, they need to question the suspect first before they can determine what charges will be filed, and whether he can be extradited to Colorado to face those charges.

Garfield County Deputies say they will head to Mexico next week to pursue their investigation.
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