A set of bones found in the foothills of a Colorado mountain, which are believed to be those of a woman missing since 1980, may help explain how the mother of two, believed to be involved in a love triangle, was killed.
Forensic paleontologists, FBI specialists and members of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and Salida Police department ascended Mount Shavano last week in search of Beverly England, who had last been seen alive on June 12, 1980. The search took place between C.R. 250 and Washout Road.
“The operation lasted five days and it proved to be very successful in that numerous human remains, believed to be that of Beverly England, along with several items believed to be associated with her death, were recovered and collected as evidence,” Chaffee Sheriff John Spezze said in a statement.
Several of the remains recovered appeared to be damaged, which Spezze said could reveal was caused her death.
England was 32 when she disappeared.
Many law enforcement officials believed England was involved in a love triangle at the time of her disappearance, according to reports.
England had dropped her two young children off at a fellow member of the Temple Baptist Church so she could meet with the pregnant wife of the man with whom she was believed to be having an affair, Leonard Post, then-police chief of the Salida Police Department, told the Denver Post.
England parked several hundred feet from the Arkansas River, which was reportedly flowing above flood levels. She left her shoes and purse in her car, but England was never seen alive again.
After England was reported missing, police attempted to speak with the woman, who allegedly appeared to have suffered injuries and declined to talk with cops, the Post reported. Instead, she requested legal counsel.
In 1992, a set of human bones connected to England were discovered on Mount Shavano, but were originally misidentified as being from pioneers.
When the remains were properly identified as England in 2015, the woman she was supposedly meeting allegedly told police they had gotten into a “pushing match,” FOX31 reported.
The woman told cops England had picked up a broken bottle and cut her on the leg, so she ran away.
The human remains recovered last week have been sent to the pathology department at the University of North Texas to be analyzed for identification.