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Jul 3, 2013 10:49 AM by Eugene Daniels

Tourists find body at Colorado National Monument

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say tourists discovered a body while they were taking photos at a national monument in western Colorado.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/kcn8puq ) the body was found Tuesday near the west entrance of the Colorado National Monument.

Mesa County sheriff's investigators haven't commented on the cause of death. They also haven't released the name of the dead person or said whether the victim was male or female.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Benjamin says the incident is considered an unattended death while the investigation is underway.

Deputy Ben Carnes says investigators are looking at surveillance video from around the monument. The sheriff's surveillance drone was seen flying over the area.

The 32-square-mile monument is a semi-desert landscape of cliffs, canyons and towers. It's about 5 miles south of Grand Junction.

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