Family to lay loved one to rest

Services for Johnathan Gill set for Friday afternoon


Preparing to lay their loved one to rest, the family of a fallen Craig man has their doubts about the findings of an autopsy that took place in Denver last week.

"I still think something fishy happened," said Lisa Gill, the mother of 20-year-old Johnathan Gill. "But, they're not going to be able to prove anything."

Authorities found Johnathan Gill's body Nov. 6, five days after he was reported missing. The body was recovered a day later from a pond in the area of the Yampa River and Loudy-Simpson Park.

Results from the autopsy, released on Monday, indicated that Gill died from asphyxiation due to drowning, and that he had exhibited signs of hypothermia, and exposure to cold weather on the morning of Nov. 1, a day before he went missing.

The findings agree with those of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, which believed the death was not a result of foul play, and has ruled the death accidental.

Gill's family announced Wednesday that they will host funeral services for Johnathan Gill on Friday afternoon. Services are set for 2 p.m. at the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265, 419 E. Victory Way.

Neil Foulks, a chaplain at the Moffat County Jail, will conduct the memorial service, family members said.

Anyone from the community wishing to attend the memorial service is welcome to attend, Lisa Gill said.

Johnathan Gill's cousin, Tommy Lee Barton, was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday on charges that he damaged a truck driven by the deceased man on Halloween.

Barton is charged in Moffat County Court with criminal mischief and tampering with a motor vehicle.

The case has been continued for two weeks, prosecutors said.

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