FARMINGTON — A Kirtland man was found at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff Monday in Farmington.
Gilroy Luther, 21, was found by San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies after they received a call about a body discovered near 501 River Ranch Road, a sheriff's office press release said Friday. The address is in the Glade Run Recreation Area.
There were no signs of foul play.
Luther's adoptive aunt reported him missing to the sheriff's office Jan. 22.
She last saw him when he was preparing to leave for work early that morning, and she first noticed him missing that evening when she returned home from work.
Luther's family began looking for him on their own, but then turned to the sheriff's office for help. Luther had a mental illness and a “slight history of going missing,” initial reports from the sheriff's office said.
“We are saddened by the loss of this young man's life,” said Sheriff Ken Christesen in the Friday release. “We had hoped for a much different outcome in this case. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Luther's family has been notified.
Luther's injuries were consistent with a fall from a cliff, though the actual cause of death is pending until an autopsy has been completed.
The autopsy could take up to several weeks to complete.
It is unknown whether Luther was with anyone at the time of his death, but if anyone has any information about his death they are encouraged to contact the San Juan County Sheriff's Office at 505-334-6622.
Funeral services will be held for Luther at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Deeper Faith Ministries, Road 6480 in Kirtland with Pastor Tina Yazzie officiating.
Burial will follow in Rose Garden Cemetery in Upper Fruitland.
If you are a friend or family member of Gilroy Luther, please contact the Daily Times at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-564-4636.