DURANGO, Colo. -- A college student from Woods Cross has been shot to death in the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado, and a suspect has been arrested, authorities say.
It the latest in a series of murders this year in a rural area. La Plata County sheriff's deputies said Sunday they found the body of David Alan Jones, 26, at a campsite about 20 miles north of Durango around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Deputies went to the site after a 911 caller reported a shooting.
"When deputies arrived, campers directed them to a man who was laying on the ground at another campsite," states a news release from the sheriff's office. "That man, 26-year-old David Alan Jones, was dead from an apparent gunshot wound."
Sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender said Sunday that Jones was from Woods Cross and attended Fort Lewis College in Durango.
In an interview, Bender said the rural area normally only has one or two murders a year.
But he said so far this year, there have been five.
While he doesn't believe the murders have been connected, Bender said the number of them has been unusual.
The sheriff's news release states that Jones was camping with a friend.
"There were at least three separate campsites in the area of the shooting, which is on U.S. Forest Service land," states the release. "It is not an established campground but is a popular camping area for outdoor enthusiasts."
Deputies arrested Brenden Dow Ashburn, 37, of Durango, on suspicion of first-degree murder after interviewing witnesses, according to the news release. He is being held without bail at the La Plata County Detention Center.
Bond will be set at his initial court appearance.
There are no other suspects in the case. A handgun, believed used in the shooting, was recovered.
The reason for the shooting remains under investigation. Anyone who may have information related to this crime can call La Plata County Sheriff Investigator Kevin Brown at 970-382-7054.
Bender is quoted as telling The Denver Post that Jones and the suspect were not camping together and didn't know each other.
He is also quoted as saying the incident appears to have been unprovoked.
"We have notified students and sent our condolences to friends and family," Mitch Davis, spokesman for Fort Lewis College, said as reported in the Denver Post.
"We are a smaller school, and a tight-knit community, so this news really hits hard."
Jones was double-majoring in philosophy and accounting, Davis said.
According to his Facebook page, Jones graduated from Woods Cross High School in 2004.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.