Identity of body found in MV released 

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista Police Department and the Rio Grande County Coroner have released the name of the man whose body was found in a yard in the 700 block of Clay Street on Feb. 2.  

The body of Edward "Jimmy" Quirova, 72, a long-time resident of Monte Vista, was found Thursday morning, Feb. 2. The Monte Vista Police Department at the time labeled it an unattended death and out of an abundance of caution was treating it as a “suspicious death.” 

After gathering more information, MVPD Chief George Dingfelder said it was a tragic incident, but felt it was accidental. 

“We are waiting for the official autopsy results from the RG Coroner,” Dingfelder said. “Once we get the official autopsy report, we will be able to release much more information.” 

Around 6:50 a.m. on Feb. 2, MVPD officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Clay Street on a report of a male laying in a yard. 

When officers arrived, they found a male, deceased, laying in the yard, Dingfelder reported on Feb. 2. The Rio Grande County Coroner pronounced the male deceased. 

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with the investigation. Clay Street was closed to traffic in the morning during the investigation. 

The identity of the man will be released later, Dingfelder stated. More information regarding this investigation will be released when appropriate.