Police: Steamboat man died from head injury
November 3, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Police think an accidental fall led to last month's death of 50-year-old Dean Tresner, whose body was found Oct. 21 in the stairway of a Pines condominium building behind City Market.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Dave Kleiber wrote in an email Thursday that Tresner's cause of death was a closed-head injury, which occurs when the skull is not broken.
"I believe he fell, struck his head, became disoriented and went to the wrong building in his apartment complex where he eventually died," Kleiber stated. "Unless something changes drastically, his death will be ruled accidental."
Kleiber said he still is waiting on credit card and debit card information to help determine an accurate time of death. Toxicology tests results also are pending.
Police previously have said they think Tresner was last alive on about Oct. 6 or 7, based on cell phone records and witness interviews. A man found Tresner's wallet Oct. 7.
The wallet was brought to police Oct. 10, and attempts by police to contact Tresner were unsuccessful. A missing person's report was filed Oct. 21 by a group of Tresner's friends who came to Steamboat from Boulder to search for him. A police officer went to Tresner's home to investigate his disappearance and was flagged down soon after by a woman who found his body on the top level of a stairway that lead to an unoccupied condo unit.
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Tresner was an avid reader, poet, musician, photographer, pilot and sailor who loved to travel, according to his family. He held bachelor's degrees in computer science and physics from Metropolitan State College. His mother, Yoryéah Roberts, described him as someone who lived life to the fullest and had friends all over the world.