When an experienced Colorado outdoorswoman fails to return from a hike, her vehicle is found abandoned along a scenic route with her personal belongings left inside. Even after the discovery of her partial remains, investigators are left with more questions than answers in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
This missing poster was circulated after Amy’s disappearance in July of 2011.
The red star on this map denotes where Amy’s abandoned vehicle was found sitting on the shoulder of Colorado’s scenic Route 6.
Amy Ahonen went missing on the day before her 38th birthday in the rural area outside Golden, Colorado. The cause and manner of her death are unknown, although her partial skeletal remains have been discovered.
Police and EMTs respond to the shoulder of Colorado’s Route 6, where Amy’s vehicle was found 2 days after her disappearance. Photo from My Fox Detroit.
Searchers look down at Clear Creek from the shoulder of Colorado’s Route 6, where Amy’s vehicle was found 2 days after her disappearance. Photo from My Fox Detroit.
This Google image shows the section of Colorado Route 6 (Mile Marker 264) where Amy’s vehicle was found abandoned.
This Google image shows the rugged, rocky slopes that surround the section of Colorado Route 6 (Mile Marker 264) where Amy’s vehicle was found abandoned.
The red star on this map denotes where Amy’s abandoned vehicle was found after her disappearance, and the green star marks where her partial skeletal remains were discovered months later. It’s possible–but not known–that Clear Creek may have carried her remains for nearly 18 miles, into suburban Denver.
Sources used to research this episode:
Colo. Woman Missing, Car Found on Side of Road (CBS News)
Taylor: Friends, Family Hold Onto Hope as Search for Former Resident Continues in Colorado (Rene Cizio / The News Herald)
Craigslist Tie in Disappearance of Colorado Woman? (Christina Ng / ABC News)
Authorities Suspend Search for Missing Denver Woman (CBS Denver)
Woman’s Remains Found in Colorado Woods Nearly Three Years After She Vanished Without a Trace (Daily Mail)
More of Amy Ahonen’s Remains Found in Clear Creek (CBS Denver)
Coroner Confirms Remains Found at I-76, Sheridan are Amy Ahonen (Matt Farley / Fox31 Denver)
Animal Scavenging and Scattering and the Implications for Documenting the Deaths of Undocumented Border Crossers in the Sonoran Desert (Jess Beck,1 M.A.; Ian Ostericher,2 M.A.; Gregory Sollish,1 B.A.; and Jason De Leon,1 Ph.D. / Journal of Forensic Sciences)
Bones Aren’t Enough to Say How Missing Denver Woman Died (Associated Press)
If you have any information related to the death of Amy Ahonen, please call the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000.