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Police find teen, family dead in woods - Survival book found in tent

A shocking revelation unfolded in Gunnison County, Colorado, as three decomposed bodies discovered in a remote campsite were identified as two sisters and a young boy.

Earlier this month, a gruesome discovery was made in the western part of Colorado. Three bodies, severely decomposed, were found in a remote campsite.

The deceased were identified as sisters Christine and Rebecca Vance, both in their 40s, and Rebecca's 14-year-old son. The authorities have chosen not to release the boy's name due to his minor status.

All three individuals hailed from Colorado Springs, a city on the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, as reported by Fox News.

The task of determining the exact date of their demise falls on Gunnison County Coroner Michael Barnes.

While the exact timeline is still under investigation, Barnes presumes that the tragic event occurred sometime during the winter, possibly as early as January. The definitive causes of their deaths are yet to be determined, pending the results of a

The unveiling of a grim reality: A hiker's disturbing discovery

The initial discovery of the bodies was made by a hiker on July 9. The hiker, who had been traversing the remote area, came across one of the bodies and immediately alerted the authorities.

The law enforcement officers, upon arriving at the scene, discovered the other two bodies the following day. Two of the bodies were found inside a small, zipped-up tent, while the third was found outside, within the confines of the camp.

The campsite was situated in a secluded wooded area, a location not typically chosen by hikers. According to Gunnison County Sheriff Adam Murdie, the scene was scattered with personal belongings and tarps. Additionally, a makeshift shelter, a lean-to constructed from local logs over a firepit, was found.

Probable causes of death: Starvation, hypothermia, or carbon monoxide poisoning?

As the investigation continues, Coroner Barnes has put forth several theories regarding the cause of death. The group might have succumbed to starvation, freezing temperatures, or even carbon monoxide poisoning, a potential risk when trying to make a fire to stay warm in an enclosed space. It is believed that the trio embarked on their camping journey sometime in July 2022.

Family members have provided valuable insights into the group's plans. They revealed to Barnes that the group had set off on their trip the previous summer with the intention of living off the grid. A report by The Associated Press mentioned the discovery of empty food cans, books, and a makeshift restroom area at the campsite, alongside the bodies.

Coroner Barnes shared his thoughts on the matter:

"I wonder if winter came on quickly and suddenly, they were just in survival mode in the tent. They had a lot of literature with them about outdoor survival and foraging and stuff like that. But it looked like they supplied at a grocery store."

Lingering questions: A fatal attempt at an off-grid lifestyle

This tragic discovery has left a trail of unanswered questions. The presence of survival literature at the campsite indicates that the group had made some preparations for their off-grid lifestyle. However, something went catastrophically wrong.

The investigation is ongoing, with the definitive causes of death still pending. The discovery has sent ripples of shock and sadness through the community, underscoring the potential dangers of attempting to live off the grid without sufficient preparation or experience.


  • The discovery of three decomposed bodies in a remote campsite in Gunnison County, Colorado, identified as two sisters and a 14-year-old boy.
  • The bodies were found by a hiker, with the authorities discovering the other two bodies the following day.
  • The cause of death is still under investigation, with starvation, freezing temperatures, or carbon monoxide poisoning being considered.
  • The group had embarked on their trip the previous summer with plans to live off the grid.
  • The presence of survival literature at the campsite suggests they had made preparations for their off-grid lifestyle.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

I'm Rampart Stonebridge, a curious and passionate writer who can't get enough of true crime. As a criminal investigative journalist, I put on my detective hat, delving deep into each case to reveal the hidden truths. My mission? To share engaging stories and shed light on the complexities of our mysterious world, all while satisfying your curiosity about the intriguing realm of true crime.
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