People looking for lost dog during blizzard discover dead body in Aurora park


AURORA | People looking for a lost dog on an Aurora trail yesterday inadvertently discovered a dead body, according to Aurora police. 

Shortly before 2 p.m. on March 13, people walking in Sand Creek Park in north Aurora “found what appeared to be a human body,” Aurora police wrote on the department blog Thursday afternoon.

Investigators later determined the body was human. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Police weren’t able to remove the body until this afternoon due to the historic blizzard that racked the metro area yesterday.

“Weather conditions hampered the investigation a lot,” Officer Tony Camacho, spokesman for the Aurora Police Department, said.

Camacho declined to specify the sex of the body.

The people who first reported the body to police found the cadaver on a trail along Sand Creek just east of the Fitzsimons light rail station, according to police. That park is technically in the 2700 block of Peoria Street, and parallels Fitzsimmons Parkway.

The Adams County Coroner’s Office is expected to identify the body, as well as the cause of death, following the notification of family members in the coming days. 

In an email sent Friday morning, Camacho said police did not know whether the people who discovered the body ever found their lost dog.

“We have no idea about the dog,” he wrote.

People with any information related to this crime are encouraged to call Aurora detectives at 303-739-6068.

Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can also call the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers offer a reward of up to $2,000 for legitimate information.