Montrose Police are investigating a suspicious death after finding a body at a residence in the 1600 block of Sonoma Court. (Courtesy/Google)

Editor’s note: The Montrose Daily Press first published information regarding this case Monday on its website,

When a resident of Sonoma Court didn’t respond to texts or calls, a worried friend called police.

Officers who responded to the home Oct. 27 confirmed the worst fears: The woman, as yet not publicly identified, was deceased.

“This appears to be very suspicious in nature. The Montrose Police Department and Montrose County Coroner’s Office are awaiting an autopsy,” MPD Cmdr. Gene Lillard said Monday, when the department announced its investigation. “It’s definitely suspicious in nature.”

Lillard could not divulge much information because of the investigation’s status, but said the scene indicated the woman had sustained some type of trauma.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation, Lillard said.

He said the woman was supposed to have taken a friend to a medical appointment; when the individual did not show, call or text, the friend became alarmed.

“This was highly unusual for her not to call or text,” said Lillard.

The friend alerted police and met officers at the residence, located in the 1600 block of Sonoma Court.

Lillard said police are attempting to locate someone who may be a person of interest in the case and that the public need not be fearful.

“There is not a person stalking the streets,” he said.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is an award-winning journalist and the senior writer for the Montrose Daily Press. Follow her on Twitter at @kathMDP.


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