Paige Birgfeld: Divers, Sonar Boat Search River For Missing Woman

 

Aug 9, 2007 9:30 am US/Mountain
Source: CBS4denver.com

In searching to find the lastest update on Paige Birgfeld since my last post of July 20th this one of August 9th is the most recent one I could find.  Obviously they are having a hard time as to not having much luck with their investigation as to any info they find leading any where. 

(AP) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Dive teams and a sonar-equipped boat have searched the Gunnison River for a 34-year-old woman who has not been seen in more than a month.

Crews searched about 15 miles of the river on Wednesday in hopes of finding clues in the disappearance of Paige Birgfeld, who was last seen June 28.

Investigators and volunteers have found Birgfeld’s burned-out car and an unloaded handgun not far from the vehicle. They also recovered some of her personal items but declined to identify them.

Friends and family have described the twice-divorced Birgfeld as a devoted mother who sold kitchen products and held other jobs to support her three children. Authorities said Birgfeld also had an escort service, a discovery that surprised many who knew her.

On Saturday, search dogs released near where the car was found led investigators to a nearby RV dealership where a “person of interest” Lester Ralph Jones (foxnews) in the case is employed.

Investigators have not said what the dogs found, if anything.

‘Person of Interest’ named in Paige Birgfeld’s Case- she has been missing since June 30th

Created: Friday, 20 Jul 2007, 2:26 PM MDT
by JOHN ROMERO

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.  — 

Investigators in Mesa County have, for the first time, named a person of interest in the disappearance of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld.

Investigators have twice searched the home of Lester Ralph Jones in connection with the disappearance, and Friday named him a person of interest in the case.

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hikley has said their investigation was focusing on the escort service Birgfeld was running at the time of her disappearance. Sources tell Fox 31 that Jones was a client of the escort service, Models, Inc.

Fox 31 has also obtained the criminal history of Lester Ralph Jones, including a 1999 guilty plea in a kidnapping and assault case involving a former wife.

The police report obtained by Fox 31 says Jones tailed his then wife in a car at speeds over 100 miles per hour, allegedly side swiped her car off the road, rammed her, and put her in his car at gun point, according to witness statements in the Police Report.

The report also says Jones fired two shots at the male passenger in his then-wife’s car.

Police have not named Lesper Ralph Jones’ wife, Elaine Jones, as a person of interest. A person who has spoken to her since the case broke says she is innocent and was attending a family funeral at the time of Birgfeld’s disappearances.

Paige Birgfeld hasn’t been seen or heard from for three weeks, and was officially reported missing June 30th.

Paige Birgfeld:Police Suspect Foul Play in Disappearance of Colorado Mom

Sunday, July 08, 2007

[Authorities have used bloodhounds to search Birgfeld’s home and torched car.]

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Clorado authorities suspect foul play in the case of a missing mother who worked with an escort service and who hasn’t been seen in more than a week.Paige Birgfeld, 34, of Grand Junction, Colo., has not been seen or heard from since June 28. Police found her burning car in a parking lot a couple of miles from her home a day after the mother of three was reported missing.

“Nothing during the course of our investigation has lead us to believe that Paige walked away from her family or that she left of her own free will,” said Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey in a statement released Saturday.

“Unfortunately, we do suspect foul play in her disappearance and the subsequent arson of her vehicle.”

Mesa County authorities have focused their search on persons of interest with whom Birgfeld may have come into contact while working for an escort service, Models Inc. She was known to her customers as “Carrie,” police said.

Birgfeld’s red Ford Focus was found ablaze in a business parking lot about 2 miles from her home on July 1.

Authorities have used bloodhounds to search Birgfeld’s home and torched car.

Her family believes she may have run into foul play in her work with the modeling agency and escort service.

“She was here in Grand Junction, and there was nothing out of the ordinary,” her father, Frank Birgfeld, told the Denver Post last week. “And then she simply vanished.”

Click here to read the Denver Post report.

Paige Birgfeld posted messages in March on http://www.chefsuccess.com indicating she feared the return of one of her ex-husbands, Rob Dixon, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported last week. She wrote that her children asked if their dad was going to kill her.

Dixon was arrested on charges of domestic violence after allegedly shoving Birgfeld during an argument and later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of harassment, the Denver Post reported.

Investigators have questioned Dixon and said he is cooperating fully. Dixon’s attorney told the Post he was in Philadelphia working as a paramedic the week that Birgfeld disappeared.

On Monday night, about three dozen family members and friends held a candlelight vigil for Birgfeld to pray for her safe return.

Birgfeld is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds. She has sandy hair and hazel eyes and last was seen wearing a blue strapless top with flowers and blue denim shorts. She also goes by Paige Dixon and Paige Beigler, authorities said.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department at 970-244-3500.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.