Colorado off-grid family’s autopsy reveals 14-year-old boy weighed just 40 POUNDS when he was found alongside his mummified mom and aunt after they starved to death
- The mummified remains of Christine Vance, 41, Rebecca ‘Becky’ Vance, 42, and Rebecca’s unnamed son were discovered in the Rocky Mountains
- The 14-year-old boy weighed just 40 pounds before he died of malnutrition and hypothermia, autopsy results revealed
The 14-year-old boy discovered dead alongside his mother and aunt in a remote Colorado campsite weighed just 40 pounds before he died of malnutrition and hypothermia, autopsy results revealed.
The mummified remains of Christine Vance, 41, Rebecca ‘Becky’ Vance, 42, and Rebecca’s unnamed son were discovered in the Rocky Mountains where they had gone to live off-grid to ‘escape society’.
The family had attempted to prepare for their new life by watching YouTube tutorials and reading survival guides.
Exposed to several feet of snow, chills below zero and no food the family perished.
Their bodies were found by a hiker going off trail in July.
The Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office found the two women’s bodies the following day, when they searched the campsite and unzipped the tent. All three had been dead for some time.
Strewn across the ground were empty food containers and survival books.
Last summer, Rebecca convinced her sister to leave her life in Colorado Springs behind and move to the wilderness with her and her son – despite having little to none survival skills, their stepsister Trevala Jara said.
‘At first Christine didn’t want to go, but she changed her mind. She felt like they had a better chance at living if she went with them,’ Jara said. ‘And she didn’t want our sister and nephew to be alone.’
Jara, 39, said she and her husband begged her stepsisters to abandon their plan, but Becky refused.
The sisters are said to have felt that the pandemic and politics brought out the worst in humanity.
They weren´t conspiracy theorists, said Jara, but Rebecca Vance ‘thought that with everything changing and all, that this world is going to end. … (They) wanted to be away from people and the influences of what people can do to each other.’
Rebecca and Christine Vance told others they were travelling to another state for a family emergency. They told Jara of their plans, but not where they would set up camp.
Jara remembers Rebecca Vance as a bit reserved, sharp as a whip, and someone who could read through a 1,000-page book in days. Vance’s son was homeschooled and a math whiz, Jara said.
Christine Vance was more outgoing, charismatic and wasn’t at first convinced on the idea to escape society, Jara said, ‘but she just changed her mind because she didn’t want our sister and nephew to be by themselves.’
Jara said she tried everything short of kidnapping to keep them from leaving, but nothing worked. Now, Jara wants to warn others about the risks of surviving in the wilderness.
‘I do not wish this on anybody at all,’ Jara said. ‘I can´t wait to get to the point where I’m happy and all I can think of is the memories.’