On Nov. 22 at approximately 5 p.m. the Delta County Sheriff's Office received a call concerning a missing person. Bruce Barker, age 27, was reportedly last seen the night before at a large party at 7816 2100 Road in Delta.
Kristin McCarty contacted the sheriff's office and reported that several people were out looking for Barker and had been unable to locate him. Deputies responded to the home on 2100 Road and obtained additional information. McCarty advised the deputies that Barker had been extremely intoxicated the night before and had engaged in altercations with others while at the party. Barker left the party at approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday night.
On Sunday evening, Barker was found deceased in the general area of the residence. According to Delta County Undersheriff, it appears Barker died from exposure.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.