GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (May 14, 2013)--A human skeleton found in a partially buried car in western Colorado is that of a man who was reported missing 26 years ago, authorities said.
The Mesa County, Colo., Coroner's Office identified the man as Ronald Vasey, 65, who disappeared in 1987.
The sheriff's department says someone hiking near John Brown Canyon Road, near Gateway, called 911 at about 6 p.m. Thursday and reported discovering the wreckage of a vehicle below a cliff.
The old station wagon was roughly 100 feet off the roadway and was partially obscured by rocks and sediment that presumably washed down over the years.
Deputies found personal items in the car, including clothing and credit cards.
The coroner's office says it appears Vasey committed suicide.