Officials in Colorado have discovered the body of a woman next to a wrecked car belonging to mother-of-three who has been missing since early January.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced on Wednesday evening that law enforcement officers from multiple agencies, and search and rescue teams on Tuesday recovered the human remains on the remote Wolf Creek Pass in the San Juan Mountains.
According to the agency, the body, which has not been positively identified as of Thursday afternoon, was found about 150 feet away from a Ford Focus hatchback, which officials said had been involved in a crash.
Marlena Mizell, 49, was last seen leaving a gas station in South Fork, Colorado, on the noon of January 2. Mizell is a mother of three and a grandmother
Mizell’s blue 2011 Ford Focus hatchback with a Texas license plate was located in the South Fork area this week
A woman’s body was found 150 feet away from the Ford Focus off of Colorado State Highway 160
A day earlier, the South Fork Police Department announced that a blue 2012 Ford Focus with Texas license plates believed to be owned by missing woman Marlena Mizell, 49, had been found in the South Fork area.
While the body’s identification was still pending, Mizell’s daughters and her fiance publicly confirmed that she had died.
According to the CBI’s press release, the Ford Focus was found hundreds of feet off of Colorado State Highway 160.
‘Investigators with the Colorado State Patrol are working to determine the cause of the crash,’ an agency spokesperson wrote.
Mizell, a mother of three and a grandmother, was reported missing by her family on January 2. She was last seen pumping gas at the Rainbow Grocery in South Fork at around noon.
Her cellphone last pinged north of Dulce, New Mexico, which is 44 miles away from the location of her last sighting.
Mizell’s daughters, Sarah Ferguson and Megan Mizell, on Wednesday appeared on Tyson Draper’s YouTube show, Tyger True Crime, confirming that the body found on Wolf Creek Pass was their mother’s, and accusing some local officials of dragging their feet on the search and not doing enough to recover her quicker.
‘She was always right there and we could feel it. The whole time. Just right there. We pleaded for help to search,’ Ferguson wrote in the description of a GoFundMe campaign seeking donations to help the family pay for Mizell’s funeral.
Meanwhile, Mizell’s fiance has been posting messages on his Facebook page, mourning her loss.
‘I will never again find someone so beautiful, loving and spiritually incredible,’ he wrote. ‘You had so much love to give this world and we are now left without your love to keep us warm and safe. My world, our world is so much colder now. I miss you ladybug.’
Mizell’s daughters said on the morning of her disappearance, their mother went to confront her fiance (left) and a woman believed to be his lover about an alleged affair
This map shows the location of Mizell’s last sighting in South Fork, where her phone pinged for the last time in Dulce, New Mexico, and where her car was found on Wolf Creek Pass
Last week, Mizell’s daughters said in an interview on Tyger True Crime that their mother vanished a day after disseminating nude photos of her fiance’s alleged lover.
Megan Mizell said she last spoke to her mother on the phone at 10.16am on the morning of her disappearance, and she said it was a ‘semi-normal’ conversation that lasted a couple of minutes.
‘But at the very end she said, “I love you, Megan,” in a way that I’m not used to, so that kind of raised some concerns with me,’ she recalled.
Megan said the family have since learned that less than 15 minutes after Marlena got off the phone with her daughter, she allegedly went to confront her fiance and a woman about their affair.
Mizell’s phone has not been answering and there has been no activity on her bank account
Megan also claimed that on that same day, the woma went to pick up her husband from a halfway house, which coincided with Mizell’s disappearance.
The owner of the Rainbow Lodge cabins where Mizell had been staying staying saw her drive away at around noon, but said her fiance stayed there for the rest of the night, waiting for her to return.
A month after Mizell’s disappearance, her fiance, Kurt, posted a message on Facebook that read: ‘My fiancé has been missing now 30 days. It been a heart breaking crisis in our family and we’re all praying for her safe return. I pray every day God brings Marlena back to me , and her whole family safely and soon. We haven’t found any trace of her car, her, or anything she left out of here with, which is very Little.’
Mizell’s daughters said their mother was planning to return to her native Texas at the time she went missing.
In describing her mother, Megan said she would not have shied away from a physical confrontation, if provoked.
On February 14, Megan Mizell, Marlena’s daughter, was interviewed by YouTube host Tyson Draper about her mother’s missing person case
Megan Mizell and her sister, Sarah Ferguson (right), have been raising awarness of their mother’s disappearance on social media
Mizell’s daughters said her phone has not been answering and there has been no activity on her bank account.
Police have not said whether they are suspecting foul play. So far, no one has been identified as a suspect or a person of interest, and no arrests have been made.
Mizell was last seen wearing a black one-piece pants jumpsuit. She has brown hair and blue eyes, high cheek bones and scars on her chin and neck. She has two tattoos: a hummingbird near her stomach and a butterfly on her ankle.
Mizell takes medication daily that she is without and may require medical attention.
Anyone with information on the woman’s whereabouts is being asked to contact the South Fork Police Department at 719-873-1040.