Police: Student’s death an accident
MCHS junior fell more than 65 feet
October 30, 2008
The Craig Police Department released findings from an investigation Wednesday afternoon into the weekend death of a Moffat County High School junior.
Christopher D. Wilson, 17, of Craig, was found Sunday lying at the base of the Sandrocks, north of Green and Ninth streets. A resident reported the body to police.
Officers arriving at the scene found Wilson dead.
An investigation began that day into the circumstances surrounding Wilson’s death.
“An investigation into the circumstances of this death has determined the young man died as the result of an accidental fall from the top of the Sandrocks to the ground, a distance in excess of 65 feet,” Sgt. John Forgay, of the Police Department, reported in a news release. “The accident appears to have occurred sometime after 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning.”
Police reported that there are “no indications of anyone else being present at the time of the accident.”
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However, the news release states, “it appears that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this death and is a focus in the continuing investigation into this tragedy.”
The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Craig Fire/Rescue assisted police in the investigation.
Wilson’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. He will be buried at Craig Cemetery. The service is open to the public.
Courtney Teeter, an MCHS senior, has known Wilson since he was a seventh grader, and the two were close friends. She said other people always were happy when around Wilson.
“He’s a person who made everybody laugh,” Teeter said Wednesday. “Everybody loved him. He was like the perfect friend.”
Teeter said Wilson enjoyed playing his guitar – he was in a band, Sign of Tragedy – riding BMX bikes and spending time with his friends and family, and was strong in his faith.
His friends are thinking about an organized vigil for Wilson, Teeter said.
She said she and plenty of others will have a difficult time saying goodbye to Wilson during today’s service.
“For a couple of people, I don’t think it’s completely sunk in yet,” she said. “I don’t think anyone has really cried yet. You know he’s gone, but you don’t want to admit it.”