Authorities Investigate Death of Qwest Executive

Authorities Investigate Death of Qwest Executive

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NEW CASTLE, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado investigators say the gunshot that killed an executive of Denver-based Qwest Communications does NOT appear to be self-inflicted, and authorities are looking into the case as a "suspicious death."

A western Colorado Search and Rescue team discovered the body of 37-year-old Jeffrey Garrett late Saturday after he failed to meet two friends with whom he'd gone turkey hunting.

An autopsy revealed trauma to Garrett's upper-right chest area from the gunshot, leading sheriff's officials to conclude he did NOT commit suicide.

Garrett had worked as Qwest's assistant vice president for Colorado.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says someone could've shot Garrett unintentionally while hunting, or a bullet fired upward came down and hit Garrett.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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