Human remains found southeast of De Beque are those of a teenage girl who went missing nearly five years ago. Mesa County Coroner Rob Kurtzman confirmed the skeletal remains are those of Coty Vernon. The 18-year-old Gypsum teen was last seen with a man named Jason Gartner, who accompanied her from a party. Mesa County sheriff's deputy Tanya Brechlin says investigators are trying to determine whether there was foul play.
Deputies launched an intensive search for Vernon when she went
missing. Her remains were found outside of the search area last
weekend by an elk hunter. They were found about three miles from the area where Vernon's car had been left.