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Remains Identified as Beverly England


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On June 12, 1980 Beverly England, a 32 year old female from Salida, Colorado was reported missing by her husband after she failed to return home that same evening. The Salida Police Department was notified and launched an investigation into her disappearance immediately.

It was learned from the investigation at that time that Beverly England was last seen alive in Salida with another female. Numerous persons were interviewed during the investigation and Beverly England was listed as a missing person, however she was not located and investigators ran out of leads.

In September of 2015 the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Salida Police Department were notified by the University of North Texas that they had confirmed that a set of bones had matched DNA belonging to Beverly England. These bones were recovered from the Mount Shavano area in 1992 and turned over to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office at that same time. These same bones were submitted to a Forensic Pathologist for examination and through advanced DNA technology a positive id was made matching that of Beverly England.

With this notification the Chaffee County Sherriff’s Office and the Salida Police Department re-opened the investigation into the disappearance of Beverly England. The site where the bones were discovered was identified and at this time is being excavated for evidence by investigators.

Through this investigation several key items of evidence have been recovered which led investigators to believe that Beverly England died as the victim of foul play.

With the identification of Beverly England the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Salida Police Department formed a task force made up of investigators assigned primarily to the suspicious death of Beverly England.

Randy Amettis, Chaffee County Coroner has also made positive identification being that of Beverly England. Family members have been notified of the of Beverly England’s identification.

Both Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze and Salida Police Chief Terry Clark want to assure everyone that they are putting their full resources and support into this investigation.