A coroner confirms that a badly decomposed body found near the Cherry Creek Spillway Trail last week is a 21-year-old Aurora woman who vanished in November, days before her boyfriend was found shot dead in her apartment.
The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office did not release Tiffany Durst's cause of death or an estimate of how long she has been deceased.
Alerted by police officials that the victim might be Tiffany, the Durst family and friends held a vigil Sunday near the trail below Cherry Creek Dam, where the clothed body was found facedown Thursday night. They placed balloons and flowers along a fence bordering the trail.
Police Officers Find Tiffany Durst's Boyfriend Dead On Nov. 22
Durst was last seen Nov. 18, four days before her boyfriend was shot and killed in Aurora.
Police officers said they went to Durst's apartment on East Kepner Place on Nov. 21 to check on her welfare. Officers said they didn't find her or any evidence of foul play.
A day later, officers were called back to the apartment after a man's body was found there. It was Durst's boyfriend, Terence Scott George, 22. He had been shot in the head.
Initially, police considered Durst a "person of interest" in her boyfriend's slaying.
Police asked for help finding Durst and her car, a maroon 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass.
The car was found in the 3400 block of North Forest Street in Denver on Jan. 4., nearly seven weeks after the woman disappeared.
Body May Have Been On Trail For Months
A resident near the Cherry Creek Spillway Trail said she was alarmed by the discovery of Durst's body behind neighborhood homes, realizing that it may have been there for months.
"That's what creeps me out," said a woman who didn't want to be identified by name, who lives on East Columbia Drive a few houses from the grisly discovery.
The neighbor said the body was found in an off-limits area between a short wire fence bordering the recreational trail and a chain-link fence behind neighborhood homes. Signs on the trailhead warn people to not enter the fenced area.
"I'm surprised somebody dumped the body there, because they'd have to climb a fence (to do it)," said the neighbor, whose family moved into the neighborhood in December.
She said her husband smelled a foul odor on a warm, windy afternoon a few days before the body was found.
"My husband went out back and he said, 'Oh my gosh! I think someone's septic (tank) backed up,'" the woman recalled.
"I said, 'Oh honey, that's not septic, that's a dead animal,'" she replied, thinking it was the decaying carcass of one of the many deer or coyote that populate the area.
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