Shotgun wound cause of death for local man
Former Craig resident Robert Beard's body found in northest Moffat County, circumstances surrounding death undetermined
December 9, 2001
By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
The circumstances surrounding the death of Robert Leonard Beard have officially been labeled as undetermined.
Beard’s body was discovered Nov. 4 by Karen Knez of Craig while she was hunting on private land. Moffat County Coroner Bruce Zobel determined that the cause of death was a shotgun wound to the roof of Beard’s mouth, although how the shotgun wound occurred is not known.
Beard was 30 years old when his family reported him missing in February of this year, and he had not been seen or heard from since December of 2000.
Knez discovered a skeleton and clothes in heavy brush in the northeast corner of Moffat County, near County Road 40, on private property owned by Clair and Albert Villard.
The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, the coroner’s office and the Bureau of Land Management cooperated in the investigation.
A .410 shotgun was discovered near the skeleton.
On Nov. 6, Zobel identified the skeleton as Beard by using dental records obtained from local dentist Dr. John Ilko, who had treated Beard while he lived in Craig.
Zobel was unable to determine exactly when Beard died.
“We’re very sorry we lost him,” said Beard’s mother, Irene, who resides in Craig with her husband David.