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Man found dead in vehicle at bottom of canyon at Colorado National Monument

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 08:36:39-04

UPDATE | Oct. 24, 1:25 p.m. — The man who was found dead in a vehicle at the bottom of the canyon at the Colorado National Monument has been identified as 21-year-old David Russell of Grand Junction.

His toxicology was completed Thursday and showed alcohol in his system at .229%. This case is still under investigation.

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FRUITA, Colo. – A man was found dead in a vehicle at the bottom of the canyon at the Colorado National Monument.

Park rangers responded to the vehicle about 8:40 a.m. Friday, according to a news release. The vehicle was found at the bottom of the canyon, about a mile from Cold Shivers Point along Rim Rock Drive.

Authorities did not know how long the vehicle had been in the canyon before it was discovered. The victim's name has not been released. Colorado National Monument officials were investigating the death.