Gun Found Near Missing Woman's Car

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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A gun has been found less than a half-mile from where authorities found the burned out car of a missing Grand Junction woman.

A man reported finding an unloaded nine-millimeter handgun about six inches off the road.

The area is near where Paige Birgfeld's car was found July first.

The 34-year-old mother of three was last seen June 28th and reported missing two days later.

A search along an area highway over the weekend of July 18th turned up several of her belongings.

Investigators haven't said where the items were found.

Investigators say the gun was booked into evidence.

No record was found on an initial check of its serial number.

It's not know if there's any connection to the case.

Friends and family have described the twice-divorced Birgfeld as a devoted mother who sold kitchen products out of her home and held other jobs to support her children.

Authorities say they've discovered that Birgfeld also had an escort service, a discovery that came as a surprise to many who knew her.

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