Pitkin Undersheriff: Naked woman might have died of exposure

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says a woman whose body was found south of Emma might have died of exposure.

Undersheriff Ron Ryan tells The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://bit.ly/1vhyrAU ) nothing suggests that foul play was involved in the death of 44-year-old Claudia Ruiz, of Silt. Ruiz got on a bus in Glenwood Springs on May 17, and surveillance video showed her getting off near El Jebel, several miles from where she was found by a rancher May 23.

Family members said during the search they were especially concerned because Ruiz didn't have medication she needed for a mental condition.

Ryan says Ruiz, who was found naked, could have died of hypothermia or hyperthermia, although a final ruling has yet to be made.
 

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