Body Recovered in Red Canyon Area

Montrose, COLO.—The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office recovered a body in the Red Canyon area adjacent to the Black Canyon. The sheriff’s office has been searching for a missing hunter reported in the area, Calvin Prochnow of Grand Junction since Sunday afternoon. At this time, the identification of the body is pending official release from the Montrose County Coroner’s Office.

Since Sunday, over 75 people have assisted in this search and recovery effort. Crews searched over 1,300 acres based on the last known location of the missing person. On Tuesday afternoon, flight crews noticed a body in steep and rugged terrain on the south side of Red Canyon in a very remote location. This morning, recovery crews flew in by helicopter, dropped near the location of the body, and the team hiked in to begin the recovery process.

“As an avid outdoor community, this type of incident affects us all,” said Commander Ty Cox. “We would like to express our condolences to the Prochnow family and community. On behalf of the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, we are grateful to our partners for their assistance with this search and recovery effort—this recovery would not have been possible without the additional resources and volunteers.”

At this time, foul play is not suspected and the case is under investigation by the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office. The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the following partner agencies for their assistance: Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse, search and rescues crews from Delta search and rescue, West Elk Search and Rescue, Olathe Spray Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Ouray Mountain Rescue, Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and CareFlight of Parachute/Rifle.

MCSO Drop-Off Site for Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Montrose, COLO.— On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take Back Event. The goal of this event is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

“This is an important service to offer to the community and another way we can help keep unused prescription drugs from potential abuse, as well as keeping them out of our landfills and water systems,” said MCSO Commander Cam Boldan. “We are committed to finding way to fight the overdose epidemic and saving lives, and this is one way we can do so.”

Bring your pills for disposal to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office at 1200 North Grand Avenue in Montrose. Liquids or needles or sharps will not be accepted–only pills and patches will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States, over 107,000 people died as the result of a drug overdose last year. This figure means that someone in the United States is dying of a drug overdose every five minutes.

In the spring Americans turned in 700,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners. Since 2010, DEA, along with its law enforcement partners have collected nearly 16 million pounds of unneeded prescription medications.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 29th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA website or call the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office at 970-252-4023.

Shooting Incident at Paradox Trail Residence

Montrose, COLO.—On October 6 at approximately 5:34pm, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office and the Montrose Fire Protection District’s fire and EMS team were dispatched to a residence in the 19,600 block of Paradox Trail for a report of a shooting that occurred. Upon arrival, deputies located a 36-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

The victim was transported to Montrose Regional Health and later transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction in guarded/stable condition. The suspect is Kristie Jones, a 63-year-old female, who was detained and later arrested by deputies. She is currently being held on a $60,000 bond for attempted homicide, reckless endangerment, 1st degree assault, and prohibited use of a weapon. The shooting stemmed from an argument at the suspect’s residence. The case is still under investigation.


MCSO Arrests Suspect on Second Degree Murder Charges

Montrose, COLO.—On Sept. 5 around 9am, WestCO Dispatch received a call reporting an individual with a gunshot wound in the 15000 block of O74 Road east of Montrose. First responders were dispatched to the scene and located a male victim who was deceased. After further investigation, deputies were able to make contact with the suspect, Mr. Miller, via telephone as phone service in the area was poor. The suspect returned to the scene and was taken into custody.

Deputies arrested Mark Miller, 64, of Montrose, Colo., for second degree murder. Mr. Miller is being held on a $75,000 bond in the Montrose County Jail.

“If anyone has additional information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office at 970-252-4023,” said Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Commander Ty Cox.

The victim is identified as Jonas Najar Junior, a 41-year-old male from Olathe, Colo., by Montrose County Coroner Rick Fellabaum. At this time, the cause and manner of death are under investigation by the Montrose County Coroner’s Office and an autopsy is pending. The incident is under investigation by the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

MCSO Deputies Locate Stolen Vehicles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MCSO Deputies Locate Stolen Vehicles
Montrose, COLO.—On August 22, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office High Impact Target Team (HITT) located three stolen vehicles in one location in Montrose County. After receiving a tip, the HITT started surveillance of the property. After a brief observation period, the HITT approached the property and began their investigation. The investigation revealed three of the vehicles present at the location had been stolen in the previous 48 hours, and in the case of one vehicle, the owner had not realized it had been stolen. Two arrests were made at the scene.
The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all of our residents to lock their vehicles and keep the keys in a safe, secure place.

MCSO Accepting Citizens’ Academy Applications

Montrose, COLO.—The application period is now open for the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy. The academy starts Wednesday, Oct. 5, and will continue for 12 weeks with a graduation ceremony in December.

“The academy is a great way for residents to learn more about the way the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office helps protect and serve our community,” said Sergeant Steve Gustin. “This hands-on experience provides participants knowledge of procedures, policies, and information on supporting agencies including both dispatch and the posse.”

The classes will be held for 12 weeks, every Wednesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Training will take place at the MCSO—1200 North Grand Avenue—in the conference room.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to attend. The comprehensive instruction will cover a wide variety of law enforcement issues each week including the following: Sheriff’s Posse, Traffic Stops, DUI Investigation, Response to Resistance, Investigations, Crime Scene and Evidence Collection, Less Lethal, Records & Civil Process, Reception, Victim Services, Procurement, Peer Support, Drug Investigations, Recruitment and Hiring, Field Training Program, K9, SWAT, WestCo Dispatch, and Detentions.

Applications are available online or in person at the MCSO (1200 North Grand) during regular business hours.  For more information, please contact Sergeant Gustin at 970-252-4023 or



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