The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man found lying in a ditch as Robert E. Pittman, 46. Pittman was an at-risk adult and was residing at the Starpoint facility in Salida.

Upon arrival the male was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Starpoint personnel reported at 10:38 p.m that Pittman was missing from their facility to the Salida Police Department. He was wearing red shorts, white socks and a black t-shirt.

Anyone with information on this incident or who may have seen Pittman between 10:38 p.m., June 28 and approximately 6:30 a.m., June 29, is asked to contact Chaffee County Sgt. Andy Rohrich at 719-530-5729.

The Chaffee County Communications Center received a call from a jogger of a person that was lying beside the jogging trail adjacent to CR 154 just west of Colo. 291, according to a press release issued Wednesday morning by Sheriff John Spezze.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and Salida Police responded along with Salida Fire and Chaffee County EMS and found an adult male lying in an irrigation ditch who was unresponsive. It was apparent that male had been lying at this location for a period of time and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

This incident remains under investigation by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office awaiting cause of death.

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