A Colorado teacher was found dead in a creek not far from her home, leaving police searching for answers.
Police had put out a missing alert for 26-year-old Margo Khalili on Thursday, according to ABC 7 Denver. She hadn't been seen since attending a Halloween party on Wednesday near the Vail Racquet Club. Khalili left the function at around 10:30 p.m. and took a bus back home to East Vail. It’s still unclear what exactly happened after she boarded public transport.
Police described Khalili as being a 5-foot-5 brunette who weighs 140 pounds. The notice was released alongside photos of Khalili wearing her purple Halloween costume.
The descriptions would be of no use, unfortunately, since early on Thursday evening police announced that Khalili’s body had been discovered around 2 p.m. in Gore Creek near Bighorn Park — a location close to her house. She was found with her purse and phone.
"We are very sad to report that the missing young woman from our previous post has been found in sad circumstances," the Vail Police Department wrote on their Facebook page. "[We] appreciate everyone's help and sharing of the post to help find her. Our condolences go out to her family and friends."
Vail Police Commander Ryan Kenney said his department is now working to piece together the events of the night.
"We don't know if she got lost in the dark and ended up falling or not. We are not sure if hypothermia played a role in it, but she did end up in the creek," Kenney said, according to ABC 7. "There was new snow this morning so footprints were covered over and there is not a lot for us to go on right now."
Police said there are no signs of foul play at this time.
Cornelius Nienaber, a local employee at nearby Bully Ranch, expressed his sadness over the death.
"People are shocked. They don't know what to do. They don't know what do think," Nienaber told ABC 7. "You just feel sad, obviously, for her, her family. I mean nobody really knows right now what happened. Everybody is in the dark. You feel for her boyfriend and you feel for the staff — the people that you work with that knew her."
The Eagle County Coroner’s Office and Vail Police are now conducting an investigation into the incident, according to the website for the Town of Vail.
Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to contact the Vail Police Department at 970.479.2200.
[Photo Credit: Town of Vail Website]
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