Police examining 'suspicious death'


The Craig Police Department is investigating the "suspicious death" of Shannon (Dill) Senkevech, a 29-year-old Craig woman who died Friday in Aurora.

Police Department Commander Jerry DeLong said he could not comment on circumstances surrounding her death because the matter is an ongoing investigation.

Investigator Jen Kenney spent Monday in Denver, the same day an autopsy took place, DeLong said.

Some autopsy results were determined Monday. Additional findings need to be made before there is a final determination, Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant said.

Information could be sent to prosecutors by the end of the week to determine charges, "or if there are any charges," DeLong said.

"Once we get all the facts, the reports will be sent to the District Attorney's Office, and we'll see where we go with it," he said.

DeLong said police were scheduled to review the case today.

Senkevech was seen in The Memorial Hospital's emergency room Aug. 3 and transported to another facility, hospital spokeswoman Samantha Johnston said.

Craig resident Brandy Pfister, Senkevech's best friend, said she was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. On Aug. 11, she was transported to University of Colorado Hospital, where she died, Pfister said.

Patient privacy laws prevented hospital officials from commenting on Senkevech's injuries.

Senkevech was the manager of All A "Boat" Beads, a Steamboat Springs jewelry store owned by her mother, Linda Dill. She had lived in Craig for about 12 years, said Pfister, who worked at the store with her friend.

Opening the store was a dream come true for Senkevech, Pfister said.

"She wanted it to be able to send (her children) to college and leave them something they could inherit someday," Pfister said of her friend's three children, ages 6 to 11.

The store celebrated its one-year anniversary June 24 at its Old Town Square location.

"This was all her idea," Pfister said of the store, which sells pre-made jewelry, glass beads, natural stones and other items. "This was her dream."

Pfister said she couldn't comment on the circumstances of her friend's passing, and is respecting the wishes of police and Senkevech's family.

Pfister described Senkevech as a "great mother" and "full of life."

"Her family and friends were the most important thing to her," she said.

The past few days have been difficult for Senkevech's friends and family, Pfister said.

"It just doesn't seem real," she said.

The plan is to keep the store open in Steamboat as a tribute to the woman who started it.

"We're going to keep it open," Pfister said, "in memory of her."

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.


liz80110 8 years, 8 months ago

God bless you Shannon, we'll all miss you. Our prayers go out to her family and her three children. She was a great mom and a wonderful friend.


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