DNA Confirms Remains Are Of A Missing Colorado Mom

By: AP
By: AP

DNA test results have confirmed that skeletal remains found in western Colorado are that of Grand Junction resident Paige Birgfeld, who disappeared in 2007.

Birgfeld's friends knew her as a devoted single mother who sold kitchen products and did other jobs to support her children. Authorities said the 34-year-old mother of three also had an escort service, a discovery that surprised many who knew her.

Her death is considered a homicide.

Hikers found the remains earlier this month in Delta County. Dental records had allowed investigators to tentatively identify the remains as those of Birgfeld.

Mesa County sheriff's Sgt. Matt Lewis tells The Daily Sentinel that investigators learned last week that a lone tooth matched a DNA profile for her. The cause of death remains undetermined.

Sheriff's officials have said it appears Birgfeld's body was buried, but erosion eventually exposed it.


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  • by Max on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    Sounds like she would still be here today if she had been home taking care of her children instead of playing with the men and i assure you there were other jobs available to her
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      by Agree on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:44 AM in reply to Max
      Agree with you Max!!
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        by Why on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to Agree
        Your an idiot to.
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      by Why on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM in reply to Max
      Regardless of your rationale, your an idiot.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to Why
        YOU'RE an idiot. YOU ARE an idiot.
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      by Why on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to Max
      Look two idiots agree, wow!
  • by Truth on Mar 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM
    "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil", what if we had a society which didn't do things for money only? What ever happened to "love thy neighbor"?, what ever happened to "forgive as you would want to be forgiven". Who ever brought in the new avenue for corrpution, the internet, should be arrested for insiting such debauchery, lawlessness and deception. Stand for nothing, fall for anything. I pray the Lord comfort these kids in their time of mourning. Who ever did this must be caught period. Who knows who else this animal will hurt and leave parentless? Not only does my heart go out to these kids and the victims parents, it goes out for our country and the tyranny now regining upon it.
  • by Truth on Mar 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM
    "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil", what if we had a society which didn't do things for money only? What ever happened to "love thy neighbor"?, what ever happened to "forgive as you would want to be forgiven". Who ever brought in the new avenue for corrpution, the internet, should be arrested for insiting such debauchery, lawlessness and deception. Stand for nothing, fall for anything. I pray the Lord comfort these kids in their time of mourning. Who ever did this must be caught period. Who knows who else this animal will hurt and leave parentless? Not only does my heart go out to these kids and the victims parents, it goes out for our country and the tyranny now regining upon it.
  • by Question on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM
    Where is the father of these kids, why don't they bare responsibility for not taking care of his wife and kids? Is this just another example of taking the husband out of the family so that the world can devour the wife and kids?
  • by Grammer sucks on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM
    Who cares about grammer when these kids have lost their mom. Not a good situation period. But of course there are always the "legalistic intellectual barbarians" who mess everything up with their pompus edumacation.
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      by LedHed on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to Grammer sucks
      The point is that the people who report this are professionals who are paid to be accurate and factual when publishing. That you not only accept these errors, but then ridicule those who point them out only underscores your stupidity and ignorance (but I'm sure you've been chastised for that your whole life).
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        by Grammer sucks on Mar 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM in reply to LedHed
        Your the ignorant one who supports the "intellectual barbarians" who condem people just cause they don't spell correctly. So if a person doesn't walk the way you like, there less than you. Your a tyrannt. Take a long walk on a very short pier, and just keep going.
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          by LedHed on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM in reply to Grammer sucks
          Taking the time and making the effort to proof-read a post doesn't make you a tyrant (love the righteous indignation on your part, and please have someone look up definitions for those last two words for you), it simply lends credibility (have them look that up as well) to your opinion, and your's is amazingly juvenile (two more for someone to check). It must be hard going through life as uneducated (this definition you're aware of) as you obviously are, but I sincerely hope you enjoy your ramen and ketchup sandwiches before taking a booze-induced nap in your double-wide.
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          by Dexter on Mar 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM in reply to Grammer sucks
          It's spelt grammar. I can see why someone such as yourself would think that it "sucks".
  • by vietsubvet Location: CoSpgs on Mar 8, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    @Bob. The victim isn't from Delta. She was living in or near Grand Junction. The case was featured on Dateline or 20/20 a couple years ago. It's clearly a very unusual situation and I have to agree with @Greg who says you do what you've got to do to take care of your kids. Grand Junction, for some reason, has had some very unusual murder cases over the past 10 years or so. This is definitely one of 'em.
  • by Bob Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 8, 2012 at 02:28 AM
    I grew up in Delta County. It's a small, tight knit community. This is sad news, I feel for those kids. And I hope that whoever did this is caught soon.
  • by Greg Location: Castle Rock on Mar 7, 2012 at 09:39 PM
    I'm So sorry these children have to grow up without their mother. She sounds like she did whatever she had to do to take care of her children. The fact that she didn't tell her friends that she was involved in an escourt service is probably because she was embarassed. You do whatever you have to do to take care of your kids as long as you aren't hurting anyone else. I hope they can shed some light on her murder.
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      by Whatever! on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:43 AM in reply to Greg
      Hello - yes she would be embarressed, because being involved in an escort service is WRONG! Yes it does hurt other people. Statistically, escort services are used by men, most are married. So yes, it hurts the families of those being on the losing side of possible diseases, etc.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:53 AM in reply to Whatever!
        Right, cleary it's the escort service end of it that's wrong and not the men cheating on their wives by using it.
  • by Cari Location: CS on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    Are you people kidding me?!! This woman has lost her life and her children are about to learn their mother is never coming home, and your worried about grammar and spelling? My prayers to the family..
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:52 PM
    WELL all I can say WOW. REALLY?
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