Report: Body of Karen Colclough Found

By on April 14, 2014

Karen Colclough has been missing in Nicaragua since April 11.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Pastor Paul Hayden of the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, WY has reported that the body of Karen Colclough has been found.

According to Hayden, “About half an hour ago our team leader in Nicaragua was notified that they had found Karen’s body. They found her a bit beyond the hotel boundaries where the team was staying during their debriefing time. Additional information has not been released.”

CBS Boston has also reported that Coclough’s body was found dead and a suspect is in custody.

Wilson resident, Karen Colclough, was on a mission trip with five others, organized by the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole and Agros International, a non-profit working with poor citizens of Central American countries.

Pastor Hayden said the church organizes a mission to Central America twice a year. Colclough had participated in a past mission trip to Guatemala. This was her first trip to Nicaragua through the church.

A Facebook post by Agros International reported Colclough’s disappearance:

“Agros is very sorry to report that a service team member has gone missing. Karen Colclough, with five others from the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, WY have been in Nicaragua for a week working in Tierra Nueva.

On Friday, the group’s work was completed and as is the usual custom with Agros trips, the team had assembled for an end-of-trip debrief at the Barcelo Montelimar, a beach resort near Montelimar, Nicaragua. Montelimar is 62km/38 miles southwest of Managua. There were no scheduled work sessions or activities that day; the group planned to meet for dinner that evening.

Volunteer Karen Colclough checked in with staff to say she was going for a run on the beach, and did not return to connect with the team for dinner as planned.”

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  1. Courtney

    April 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    This is very tragic. I had the pleasure to ski with Karen years ago while volunteering on the Snow King Ski Patrol and she was one of those truly good people. Someone you are just drawn to and you instantly like because she just radiates good. Positive energy all the time…this is a heart breaking loss for our community.

  2. Mary

    April 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    She was a fill-in driver for Planet JH for a long time and good friend of some staff members. We’re very sad about this.

  3. Laura Bart

    April 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    For Karen to lose her life so tragically while giving her time, energy and love to others in need is heartbreaking. May her family find peace someday in knowing they had a part in raising a very special woman.

  4. Wally

    April 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I too had the honor to ski patrol with Karen on the King. This is a true shock. She will always remain a perfectly wonderful kind giving lively woman, the most amazing smile and spirit. Our families love to hers, this is just heart -breaking news.

  5. theodore izzo

    April 15, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Karen was a friendly lady and her compassion and heart of gold always showed at community entry service. she loved all the clients and cared about them. I learn a lot from Karen as she teach me the in and outs of
    how to work with the clients at ces she is going to be miss very much

  6. Butner Creedmore

    April 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I worked with Karen the last several summers.

    She was a wonderful person.

  7. Benny wilson

    April 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Having known Karen for a number of years I am devastated by the news. I am headed to Cuba with ten others to do mission work and this news hits hard… our prayers go out to all Karen’s friends and family.

  8. Mark R

    April 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I went to high school with Karen. She was a sweet, quiet girl with a friendly smile. Everyone liked Karen. This is such a shame. I am thankful, however, that she seems to have gotten the most out of her short life and given back so much. God bless you Karen!

  9. dalepues

    April 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    From La Prensa (the independent Nicaraguan paper)

    “Luego, cuando intentó retornar, la marea estaba alta y el paso obstaculizado, y Aburto Reyes se le acercó con la supuesta intención de ayudar a regresar al centro turístico, pero en el camino se desvió, le arrebató la cámara, la golpeó y la asfixió provocándole la muerte, detalló Zavala.”

    “Later, when she attempted to return (to the hotel), it was high tide and the way was blocked, Aburto Reyes (the suspect) drew close to her with the apparent intention of helping her return to the resort, but along the way he detoured, seized her camera, hit her and choked her, causing her death”, explained (officer) Zavala.

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