Investigation of death continues |

Investigation of death continues

Gary E. Salazar

— An autopsy on the body of Bonnie Baxter was completed Thursday, but authorities are waiting for toxicology results to determine the woman’s exact cause of death.

“The autopsy results were not conclusive,” Steam-

boat Springs Police Chief Art Fiebing said. “We are waiting for the toxicology results. That should take a couple of days.”

A toxicology test checks a person’s blood for the presence of drugs or alcohol.

The 51-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday afternoon near her mobile home in west Steamboat Springs.

Jim Bolten, who rented a furnished room from Baxter, found the woman’s body in the West Acre storage area.

Bolten called 911 and officers found the woman’s body in what appeared to be a large carport.

Baxter’s sister, Diane Granich, last heard from her sister at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Baxter called Granich, whom she lived with, from Bud Werner Memorial Library. Baxter asked her sister if she wanted any books.

Granich notified police her sister was missing after midnight on Tuesday morning.

Since the discovery of Baxter’s body, police officers canvassed the area between the library and the carport.

Police are retracing the woman’s path to make sure no foul play was involved, Fiebing said.

Authorities did find some injuries on Baxter’s body, but police are unable to determine if they were caused by a fall or other ways.

Leading the investigation is Steamboat Springs Detective Ross Kelly.

Baxter moved to Steamboat Springs nearly 30 years ago. She earned a degree from San Deigo University.

While in Steamboat, Baxter cleaned houses and movie theaters and waitressed for a living.

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