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Hunter found fatally shot near Kremmling identified

The hunter was found Monday morning in a remote area known as Game Management Unit 27 in Grand County.

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — Numerous agencies are investigating after a hunter was found shot to death in a remote area west of Kremmling Monday morning, a spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Northwest Region said.

CPW responded to the southern part of an area known as Game Management Unit 27. The agency is working with the Grand County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

GCSO said a group of hunters contacted them just before 10 a.m. and said a hunter in their group had been shot by another member in their group. GCSO said the victim was 26-year-old West Virginia resident Simon Jacob Howell.

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The local district attorney's office and the Grand County coroner are also involved in the case.

As of Wednesday, no arrests have been made and the person accused of shooting Howell is cooperating with investigators.

According to CPW, in recent years, the state of Colorado has averaged less than one hunter death per year. There are about 500,000 people who participate in hunting in the state, the agency said.

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