Saguache News – February 23

Homicide Investigation Underway in Bishop’s Death

By Kathy Bedell, © Saguache Today

“We do consider this a homicide investigation,” confirmed Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick in an interview with Saguache Today on February 22. Last Sunday, Feb. 18 the deceased body of Brandy “Raven” Bishop, 37, of Saguache was found by a local male hiker in the area of County Roads 42 and Z.

Bishop Investigation_intersection Cty Rd 42 and Z

Brandy “Raven” Bishop’s body was discovered on February 18 by a hiker near the intersection of County Roads 42 and Z in Saguache.

Bishop, who had lived in Saguache for “a few years,” had not been reported as a Missing Person, according to Sheriff Warwick. The case is currently under investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and local authorities are hoping to speak to Bishop’s boyfriend at the time of her death, a Saguache resident. While official investigation protocols would not allow Sheriff Warwick to release his name, Saguache Today was able to confirm her boyfriend’s identity by a local thrift store employee where Bishop had worked and volunteered up until last October (2017).  

“Jo-Jo,” as Raven (Bishop) called him, is Joseph Garcia, who has deep family roots in Saguache and the San Luis Valley. He is currently considered a person of interest in the investigation, and is being encouraged to contact authorities.

While Warwick did not want to speculate on how long Bishop was out there, he did state in an interview with Saguache Today that her body did not appear to have any visible trauma, like a gunshot wound or noticeable bruising. The Saguache County Sheriff added that her body was intact, suggesting that it had not been exposed to the elements for an extended period of time, nor had been compromised by any wildlife or severe decomposition.

Bishop Investigation_Forest Sign

The area where Bishop’s body was discovered is popular among summer hikers and is part of the Rio Grande National Forest and The San Luis Resource Area, which is managed by the US Forest Service.

For those unfamiliar with the County Roads 42 and Z intersection, it is located west of the town of Saguache, and sits adjacent to the Rio Grande National Forest and The San Luis Resource Area, which is managed by the Forest Service. While this area is popular with summer hikers, this time of year, up until the last several days, the area has seen unseasonably warm temperatures, leading to more winter hiker traffic then the area would normally see in February. Although the male hiker who discovered Bishop’s body was a local, he did not appear to know or have any relationship to her.

While the official autopsy by the Saguache Coroner has been complete, it will be several weeks until the full report and cause of death will be released.

Brandy Bishop

In the meantime, Bishop’s relatives in Ohio have been making plans to bring her body back for burial. Local Saguache friends have been sharing a Go Fund Me Page established by Bishop’s Aunt Carrie Bowersock to help defray transportation and funeral costs. Reader can connect HERE

There is also an interesting side note to the Bishop case. Sheriff Warwick reported that there had been an increase in Missing Persons reports since the Bishop investigation was initiated. Perhaps it’s just human nature that when tragic incidents like this arise, people have the need to re-connect with relatives or friends they may not have seen or heard from in a while.

“I’ve handled about 4-5 additional Missing Persons calls since this,” explained Sheriff Warwick. “None of those proved to be suspicious, just people who didn’t want to be found by the people looking for them!” Good to know, because Bishop’s death is heart-breaking enough. RIP, Raven.

Any other individuals who may have information concerning the circumstances of Bishop’s death are asked to contact the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office at 719-655-2544.


3 responses to “Saguache News – February 23

  1. It is a shame the sheriff’s office called her mother on Sunday asking if she had talked to Brandy lately. At the time he talked to her mother they already had found her body and never even mentioned that her daughter’s body had been found or that she was dead. Two hours later the coroner’s office called to tell her mother her daughter was dead. On 2-27-2018 the coroner’s office called her mother to inform her that Brandy’s boy friend was found in a hotel dead. He hung himself. Again the sheriff’s office never notified her of anything. What is up with the sheriff;s office there? Why did they not tell her the day they talked to her that her daughter was dead? She has not heard hardly anything from the sheriff’s office the only one that has given her any information was the coroner’s office. Plus she also found out stuff through facebook. I would say the sheriff’s office out there might get their head out of their a-s and inform her family especially her mother everything going on.


  2. Is there any new information on this case? #justiceforreven


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