Colorado: Breckenridge murder victim identified

Burro Trail, Breckenridge, Colorado.

Coroner confirms that transient Karl Fred Kohler was killed by blunt force trauma

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Law enforcement officials said Tuesday that they identified a homicide victim found in the woods near the popular Burro Trail on national forest land near Breckenridge  as Karl Fred Kohler, 45, originally from New York.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Kohler, a transient resident of the area, was identified with the help of Colorado Bureau of investigation fingerprint records. Kohler’s body was found Sunday morning.

Undersheriff Derek Woodman said Kohler had been living in the vicinity of Breckenridge for several years and was fairly well-known by some local residents. He had been previously arrested in several locations for minor offenses, according to Woodman.

The Summit County coroner confirmed Monday that the cause of death homicide due to blunt force trauma. A full autopsy is expected to take several weeks.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone involved in the Breckenridge town cleanup on May 19, 2012, that was in the area around Warrior’s Mark Trail and the Burro Trail to  call Detective Jared Dennis at 970.423.8907  or send and email to

The coroner’s office said it’s not releasing any more details at this time “as the case is still open and active and releasing details would endanger the investigation.”

Woodman said there’s no danger to local residents.

“This isn’t like a random serial killer,” he said.


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