Colorado National Monument (CO)
Fatal Fall from Red Canyons Overlook
On the morning of October 12th, ranger Joel Barnett was informed by maintenance worker Greg Crawford of a suspicious unattended vehicle at Red Canyon Overlook. While Barnett was en route to investigate, Crawford spotted a body about 250 below the overlook. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department was asked to assist, as was the county technical rescue team. Team members recovered the body of Marshall Jerod Luber, 32, of Grand Junction. Deputies and rangers were informed by the Grand Junction Police Department that Luber had been the subject of a domestic dispute the previous night and had threatened to jump off a cliff. No foul play is suspected at this time, but deputies and the county coroner are continuing to investigate to determine whether the death was accidental or a suicide. Luber was the weatherman for a local television station, so local media interest has been high.
[Submitted by Ron Young, Chief Ranger]