Remains found in Delta Co. identified as missing woman

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DELTA, Colo. – Human remains found north of Delta have been tentatively identified as Paige Birgfeld, a 34-year-old Grand Junction mother of three who disappeared 2007.

The remains, described as a full skeleton, and other personal items were discovered Tuesday in a dry creek bed near the Mesa-Delta county lines, according to Delta County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Matt Lewis.

The area is known as Wells Gulch.

“Forensic odontology (dental records) has been used to tentatively identify the remains,” said Lewis. “DNA comparison will be requested through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to confirm these results.”

Birgfeld was known as “Carrie” to customers of the escort service Models Inc., with whom she was associated, authorities said.

Investigators found her car on fire in a parking lot on July 1, 2007 roughly two miles from her home.

She was last heard from on June 28, 2007.

Authorities have suspected foul play from the beginning. However, the case remains unsolved and no arrests have been made.

“Investigators are continuing to search the Wells Gulch area for any clues that would show how the body arrived in the area or any clues as to how Paige Birgfeld died,” Lewis said.