La Plata County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Durango man on murder charges after finding the body of 26-year-old David Alan Jones near the suspect's campsite near Henderson Lake on Saturday.
Deputies arrested Brenden Dow Ashburn, 37, after finding the body of Jones, who was a junior at Fort Lewis College in Durango.
"We have notified students and sent our condolences to friends and family," said Mitch Davis, spokesman for Fort Lewis College. "We are a smaller school, and a tight-knit community, so this news really hits hard."
Deputies went to the campsite after a report that a man had been shot at about 2 a.m., according to a sheriff's office release.
"The suspect was detained by other campers until officers arrived," said sheriff's office spokesman Dan Bender.
Deputies were directed by campers to a body lying on the ground at one of the campsites.
A handgun believed to have been used in the crime was recovered by deputies, Bender said.
Bender did not say how many times Jones had been shot.
Jones and the suspect were not camping together and didn't know each other, Bender said.
Jones was camping with a college-age friend in an area usually sought out by hunters, officials said.
"There are multiple campsites in the area, and they were in separate campsites," Bender said. "It appears to have been unprovoked."
Ashburn, a longtime resident of Durango, is being held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder at the La Plata County Detention Center.
Bender said he did not know whether Ashburn had any prior arrests for violence or gun-related charges.
Jones was a double major in philosophy and accounting, Davis said. Jones graduated from Wood Cross High School in suburban Salt Lake City in 2004, according to his Facebook page.