Remains found off Hwy 115 identified as woman missing since 2022

(EL PASO COUNTY, Colo.) — Remains found in Fremont County in February have been identified as a woman who has been missing from El Paso County since August of 2022.

According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO), human remains were found on the morning of Feb. 24, 2024 on the side of Highway 115 in Fremont County. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) notified detectives with EPSO of the discovery, and began a joint investigation along with the Fremont County Coroner.

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On March 4, the remains were identified as Beth Aper, who was last seen exiting a car driven by her husband on Judge Orr Road and North Calhan Highway in eastern El Paso County on Aug. 12, 2022. Aper reportedly walked away from the car in the dark, between 9 and 10 p.m., carrying two trash bags of clothes and her cell phone.

According to EPSO, Aper was a family-oriented person who loved her family and never missed a holiday, birthday, or family gathering. She posted on social media multiple times a day, and her last post was from Aug. 12, 2022.

Beth Aper
Courtesy: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
Beth Aper
Courtesy: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

EPSO said the investigation into her death is active and ongoing, and anyone with information relevant to the case is urged to contact EPSO’s tip line at 719-520-7777.

“El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are aggressively following leads to understand and determine the facts in Ms. Aper’s final moments, and how she could be left callously on the side of a road,” said El Paso County Sheriff Joe Roybal. “My heart goes out to her family and friends during this difficult time. My office will not stop working on this case until we have answers.”

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