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Gunnison sheriff’s dept. believes human remains tied to missing person case

Tip leads to exact location…

By Mark Reaman

Human remains were found Monday on private property near Pitkin in Gunnison County after a search warrant was executed and a “tip” led to the site. Gunnison County sheriff Rick Besecker said an autopsy on the remains is scheduled for Thursday.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s department, a multi-agency partnership of law enforcement officers and other professional support agents, a search warrant was executed at an address near Gunnison County Road 76 east of Gunnison. That is the road leading to Pitkin from the Parlin turn-off on Highway 50. The warrant was in relationship to an ongoing investigation concerning a missing person.

“We still don’t have a definite I.D. but the case started with a missing person,” Gunnison County sheriff Rick Besecker explained. “The missing person in question is Jacob Millison who was 29-years-old when he was reported missing two years ago in 2015.”

Besecker said enough information for a search warrant for the general area in question was already in place when the department received a tip about the exact location of the human remains. Officers along with dog teams went to the site and the remains were discovered Monday. Besecker said he could not comment on whether the remains were buried.

“Usually such a tip comes before the search warrant is sought but we had enough information for a search warrant for the general location although not the specific place. The tip we received was for the exact spot. The warrant was executed and the tip was accurate.”

Besecker would not disclose the name of the owner of the private property where the remains were discovered. He would not say whether foul play was involved. No arrest in the case had been made as of Wednesday morning.

The case remains open and continues to be an active investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Gunnison County Coroner’s Office and the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office. Besecker emphasized the word “active” in the ongoing investigation.

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