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October 21, 2014 - 09:50am


- The body discovered in the Fravert area northwest of Rifle has been identified by the Coroner’s Office as that of Jeremiah J. Michaelis. The Coroner’s Office waited for positive identification of the remains through dental records and DNA. Michaelis was a Rifle resident. Once the identity was verified and family members were notified the name was released.

The body was first discovered on October 2, 2014 during a search by Garfield County Deputies. The search concentrated in the Fravert area following reports that Michaelis was last seen in that area in early September.

The Coroner is waiting for the final autopsy to be completed to determine the probable cause of death. No foul play is suspected at this time.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

October 3, 2014 - 10:10am


- The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the report of a missing person. On the afternoon of October 2, 2014 Deputies discovered the body of what is suspected to be the missing person in the Fravert area north west of Rifle, CO.

The Coroner was called and an Investigator from the Sheriff’s Office was sent to the scene. The scene was processed and the body recovered that same evening. The body appeared to be that of a male. No foul play is suspected at this time. The Sheriff’s Office is awaiting the final report of the Coroner‘s Office to determine probable cause of death and to verify the identity of the body.

The name of the individual will be released by the Coroner’s Office once the identity has been verified and the next of kin notified.

No further information will be released at this time.

October 1, 2014 - 3:40pm


- Fredy Argueta Cabrera was sentenced today to 30 years in DOC. He must serve at least 75% of that time (23 years) and must be on parole, after release, for five years. While the prosecution sought the maximum sentence of 48 years, the sentence, for 30 years, could have been as little as sixteen years.

Cabrera, who turned himself into authorities in Mesa County shortly after the incident, was found guilty of the July 31, 2013 shooting that occurred in south Glenwood Springs. Two people were shot during the incident. One of the two people was later pronounced dead after being transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The second person was subsequently transported to Denver for additional care.

No further information will be released.

August 7, 2014 - 3:25pm


- This Morning the Rifle Police Department located a body in the Fravert area off West 24th Street in Rifle. The initial indication is that the death was by suicide. The case is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected at this time.

The suspect has been identified however the name is being withheld until the Coroner has had an opportunity to notify the next of kin.

This is still an active investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

No further information will be released.

August 6, 2014 - 3:11pm

Please direct any media requests to contact below. Do not contact the Garfield County Emergency Communications Center or Patrol staff for media requests.


Bill Kight, PAO
USDA Forest Service
White River National Forest
120 Midland Ave., Suite 140
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Cell: (970) 948-1894


GLENWOOD SPS., Colo. – Aug. 6, 2014 – Saturday night August 2 at 11:30 pm Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer’s on routine patrol when they discovered a large party off of Forest Service Road 300. They requested Garfield County Sheriff Department back-up before proceeding to contact the partiers as there were approximately 20 to 25 vehicles parked alongside the road.

When Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived the partiers were contacted by law enforcement at which time most of those present ran into the woods leaving only a few people behind at a large bonfire around which was trash, beer and liquor bottles and some 50 pallets used for the bonfire.

After searching through the forest approximately 20 young people were escorted back to the party area resulting in 17 minor in possession of alcohol tickets, one possession of marijuana ticket and one arrest by the Garfield County deputies for an outstanding warrant.

One individual was transported to Valley View Hospital due to severe intoxication. All law enforcement officers left the scene at approximately 4:00 am. The kids who were ticketed were told to clean up the area and did so by the following afternoon.

There are many reasons for these type patrols. Our number one priority is the safety of the public. Another reason is to stop the problems these parties leave in their wake. Oftentimes natural resources are destroyed the national forest ends up being trashed from discarding large amounts of litter.

No further information will be released.

The mission of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is to provide solutions for the people by utilizing and employing strong morals, good character, untarnished integrity, technical knowledge and fiscal responsibility through professional, ethical and equitable conduct.
Walter Stowe
Community Relations Deputy / PIO
Garfield County Sheriff's Office
106 County Road 333-A
Rifle, CO 81650
Phone: (970) 309-9697

Press Release Archives


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10.21.14 Body From Fravert Area Identified
10.03.14 Body Found in Fravert Area
10.01.14 Cabrera Sentenced
08.07.14 Body Found in Rifle Area
08.06.14 Underage Drinking Party
07.30.14 National Night Out
07.17.14 K9s Sport Their New Vests
07.10.14 Drowning Victim Identified
07.10.14 Alpine Bank Robber
07.07.14 Body Found in Colorado River
06.19.14 Trooper Shooting Synopsis
06.13.14 ATV Roll Over in Kessler Canyon
06.11.14 Coffee Pot Springs Knife Altercation
06.09.14 Pet Vaccination Clinic
05.22.14 CSOC Scholarship
05.09.14 I-70 Shooting Update: 2nd Trooper Revealed
05.09.14 Trooper Shooter Identified
05.08.14 State Trooper Shot
04.21.14 Torch Run-Relay for Special Olympics
04.19.14 Ballistic Vests for K-9s
04.17.14 Arson Investigation in Glenwood Springs
04.07.14 20th Anniversary South Canyon Fire
04.07.14 Work Zone Safety
03.21.14 Sadler Motorcade
03.20.14 Memorial Service to Honor Chief Sadler
03.14.14 Plane Crash in Garfield County
03.03.14 Vaccine Clinic
02.26.14 Dunlap Sentencing
02.19.14 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award
02.06.14 County Sheriffs of Colorado Scholarship Program
01.27.14 Silt Helicopter Update
01.27.14 Silt Helicopter Crash
01.09.14 Beware of Phone Scam
10.18.13 Explosives Issue Resolved
10.17.13 Injured Hunter Rescued
10.16.13 Campsite and Explosives Discovered
08.22.13 Rifle Incident
08.21.13 Red Mountain Rescue
08.13.13 Red Canyon Fire
08.01.13 Shooting in Glenwood Springs, One Dead, One Injured
07.23.13 Child Safety and Community Sex Offender Education Presentation
07.22.13 Sheriff's Office Organizing National Night Out Event

07.18.13 Human Remains in Garfield County Identified
07.17.13 Sheriff's Office in Susan Komen Race for the Cure
07.14.13 Human Remains Found in Garfield County