Breaking news: Woman found dead from gunshot wound identified

Aspen Daily News Staff Report

Police identified the woman who died from a gunshot wound on Sunday at an Aspen lodge as Stacia De Kraker, 18, of Aurora. Aspen police and Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents are looking into the death and have not ruled out homicide.

A friend of De Kraker’s called 911 from the Mountain House lodge, located at 905 E. Hopkins Ave., at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, reporting that she had suffered a gunshot wound and was unconscious, according to Aspen police spokeswoman Blair Weyer. Aspen police, fire and ambulance responded, and soon after, a detective and coroner were dispatched to the scene.

Agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were called in to assist Aspen police and arrived at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The room where the death occurred was being treated like a crime scene as of Monday morning, and was marked off with police tape. The victim’s body was removed around 11 a.m.

“Aspen police are working diligently to determine the facts of this death,” according to a police statement issued at 12:20 p.m. Monday. “Detectives treat all death investigations as homicides until the evidence shows us otherwise.”

The statement added that the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office is conducting a post-mortem examination on the woman’s body and the CBI is processing evidence related to the death.

“We would like to reassure the public that nothing in this investigation has indicated that there is any additional public safety concern,” the statement says. Police have not made any arrests in the case or taken anyone into custody.

As the death may have been a suicide, the statement also directs anyone who “is struggling with a difficult time in their life” to contact the Aspen Hope Center’s 24-hour helpline at (970) 925-5858.