- Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - A body discovered
in a van in Pike National Forest was identified Monday as a missing 59-year-old
Jefferson County man.
- James Watkins, missing since Nov. 13,
apparently committed suicide, said Jacki Tallman, a spokeswoman for the
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
- "It appears he died from a self-inflicted
gunshot wound," Tallman said.
- Watkins' wife of 33 years, Pat, could
not be reached for comment Monday.
- Watkins' van was spotted about 6 p.m.
Saturday by a snowmobile rider who recognized it from media reports about
the missing engineering consultant.
- The Douglas County coroner's office on
Monday had not completed autopsy, toxicology and forensic work, but "no
foul play is suspected at this time," said Wes Riber, deputy coroner.
- A weapon and a note were found at the
scene, Tallman said. Contents of the note were not disclosed.
- Watkins, employed at Arthur Andersen
consultants, was last seen by co-workers at his downtown Denver office.
At the time of his disappearance, he was preparing for a business trip