Man found dead at Colorado amusement park was armed with explosives

The man’s body was discovered prior to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park opening on Saturday morning, authorities said.

An image of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
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A man found dead inside Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado on Saturday morning was heavily armed and “could have implemented an attack of devastating proportions,” the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

The man’s body was discovered prior to the opening of the park, the sheriff’s office said in a news release Saturday.

The man has not been identified and the cause and manner of his death have yet to be released. However, the sheriff’s office said the man was a 22-year-old from the Carbondale area.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect drove a vehicle up to the area of the park, which is located on a mountain above Glenwood Springs, and illegally entered the park after-hours.

Garfield County authorities said he was dressed in black-colored tactical clothing, bearing patches and emblems that gave the appearance of being associated with law enforcement. He was also reportedly wearing body armor and what appeared to be a ballistic helmet.

Additionally, the suspect was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and semi-automatic handgun and multiple, loaded magazines for both weapons. Investigators also discovered multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the suspect and inside his vehicle.

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“While this investigation is still ongoing and very active it is important to realize that given the amount of weaponry, ammunition, and explosive devices found, the suspect could have implemented an attack of devastating proportions upon our community and first responders,” a news release from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says.

The sheriff’s office said authorities have swept the park to ensure no other IEDs had been planted on rides or other areas of the park. They said its investigation has so far indicated that nobody in the public was at risk.

“The initial two days of the investigation have been carried out in a slow, methodical manner in order to search the property, as well as the suspect’s residence to ensure the safety of the public and to begin to determine the extent of his criminal activity,” the release says.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was closed Saturday and will remain closed for the time being as the investigation continues, the sheriff’s office said.

This story was originally published by Robert Garrison at Scripps News Denver