Cherry Hills Village Police are investigating after a man was found dead on Feb. 9 in Little Dry Creek beneath the Clarkson Avenue bridge, on the border with Englewood just a block south of U.S. 285.
Two teenagers found the man, later identified as Christopher Rose, 52, in the creek around sunset on Feb. 9, Cherry Hills Village Police Chief Michelle Tovrea said.
Rose’s cause of death has not yet been determined, said Shannon Sanamo, a medical legal investigator for the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office. Rose was found in the creek itself, she confirmed, though how long he was there was not immediately apparent.
Rose had no fixed address, she said. Rose’s last registered address was the Aspen Homeless Shelter in Pitkin County, state records show.
Autopsy results could take several more weeks.
Tovrea said it was too soon to conclusively rule out foul play but said Rose had no gunshot or stab wounds. The low temperature the night before was in the single digits, according to National Weather Service records.
Rose made headlines in Aspen in June for allegedly stalking, harassing and taunting a woman with racist epithets, and harassing and threatening another man, according to the Aspen Times and Aspen Daily News.
Rose faced a slew of arrests in May and June, court records show. Rose had open warrants for felony charges including extortion, witness retaliation, violating bail bonds, stalking and making threats. He also faced misdemeanor charges of bias-motivated harassment, ethnic intimidation and violating a protection order.
The investigation is ongoing, Tovrea said.