Teen found dead at summer camp in Custer County

CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) The Custer County Sheriff's office is investigating a death involving a teen that happened at Sky Ranch summer camp.

He has been identified as Demarius Cox, 16, who was visiting with his church from Hillsboro, Kansas.

On June 7th, the teen was found not breathing and had no pulse. The sheriff's office says the young man appeared to be healthy and there were no obvious signs of trauma. The death has been classified as suspicious until the official cause is released. Preliminary reports from the autopsy indicate the teen suffered a Pulmonary Embolism and that is believed to be the cause of death.

"We're assuming that the altitude had something to do with it and he developed some blood clots in his legs, which is what it seems like happened, but one of them at dislodged and most likely cause a heart attack," said Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly.

A family member told 11 News, Demarius may have had "underlying health issues" but said he was allowed to go to the camp.

Foul play is not suspected but the investigation is ongoing.