Monday, July 18, 2016

Public's help needed to identify two people pulled from the river

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help to identify the two people found deceased in the Colorado River Sunday.

The first person, identified only as John Doe #1, was found under the Redlands Parkway Bridge at approximately 9:16 Sunday morning by people recreating in the river.

He is described as a white male between 40 to 50-years-old, 5'10 to 6', weighing about 175 pounds with short brown graying hair and is missing some teeth.

The second person, identified only as John Doe #2, was found in the river near the Persigo Wash at approximately 11:17 Sunday morning by people recreating in the river..

He is described as white male about 5'5 between 30-50 years old, weighing about 160 pounds with brown hair, a mustache and beard. 

John Doe #2 was a smoker and has an identifying tattoo.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Junction Police Department have no reports of anyone missing that match these descriptions.

At this time investigators have no reason to believe the deaths are related.

As with any unattended death, Mesa County Sheriff's Investigators are treating these cases as homicides. 

Any information about who these people are or how they may have ended up in the river please call our Witness Tip Line (970) 244-3526.

You can also call Valley Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP. Crime Stoppers also allows you to submit tips online at as well as through text. Text your tip to CRIMES (274637) and start your message with “241STOP.” Crime Stoppers tips remain anonymous and you could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.