Man’s body found in yard of Clay Street home 


Photo by Brian Williams Law enforcement investigates a ‘suspicious death’ at home in the 700 block of Clay Street on Thursday, Feb. 2. A man’s body was found in the yard of a residence Thursday morning. 

MVPD treating it a ‘suspicious death’ 

MONTE VISTA — A man’s body was found Thursday morning, Feb. 2, in a yard in the 700 block of Clay Street. The Monte Vista Police Department has labeled it a “suspicious death.” 

Around 6:50 a.m. on Thursday, MVPD officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Clay Street on a report of a male laying in a yard. 

When officers arrived, they found a male, deceased, laying in the yard, MVPD Chief George Dingfelder reported. The Rio Grande County Coroner pronounced the male deceased. 

“While it is too early in the investigation to determine the cause and manner of death, detectives with the Monte Vista Police Department have initially labeled this as a suspicious death,” Dingfelder stated. 

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting in scene processing and assisting MVPD Detectives. Clay Street was closed to traffic in the morning during the investigation. 

“Until we get autopsy results from the coroner, we will not know the cause and manner of death,” Dingfelder said. 

The identity of the man will be released later, Dingfelder stated. More information regarding this investigation will be released when appropriate.

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