Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in deaths of Denver area family

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The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says Parker Lofgren, 39, Caroline Lofgren, 42, and their children, Owen, 10, and Sophie, 8, were visiting Aspen for the Thanksgiving weekend. Family friends found their bodies Friday.

The sheriff's office believes the hot water and snowmelt systems weren't working correctly, and caused extreme levels of carbon monoxide inside the house. Toxicology reports could take up to two weeks, according to Deputy Coroner Dr. Chuck Johnson.

The sheriff's office says the Lofgrens are from the Denver area.

9NEWS has confirmed Parker Lofgren was a co-founder and Managing Director of St. Charles Capital in Denver. According to its Web site, St. Charles Capital provides investment banking services for middle-market companies.

"I think the fact that the family all passed together - obviously (there) could have been a lot worse circumstances I guess, but it was good they were together when they went and there's not a whole lot else to say at this stage of the game, you know, we're certainly going to miss them," said family friend Scot Wetzel.

Family members say Caroline Lofgren was involved with several charity boards, including Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She also helped raise money for Historic Denver.

Here is a statement issued by family members Saturday night:

"In a joint statement, the families of Fred Feuerbach, of Lenox Massachusetts, and formerly Larchmont, New York, and Jean (Lofgren) Rittenour and Mary (Shaver) Lofgren of Portland Oregon, sadly announce the passing of their children, Caroline (Feuerbach) Lofgren (age 42), and Parker W. Lofgren (age 39), and their grandchildren, Sophie J. Lofgren (age 8), and Owen P. Lofgren (age10), all of Denver.  The family passed away in a tragic accident while visiting Aspen, Colorado, late this week.

Caroline was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, daughter, and aunt, who was actively involved in the Denver non-profit and philanthropic communities. Her passions included her involvement with St. Anne's Episcopal School and Good Shepard Catholic Church, her fundraising efforts for Girls Inc., of Denver, The Colorado Symphony, and Historic Denver. She was an exceptional woman, a graduate of the University of Vermont, and included among her many professional accomplishments a role as a senior professional with Aon Risk Management prior to leaving the fulltime work force to focus on raising her family.  She was a competitive tennis player, runner, and skier, an accomplished pianist, and her quick wit, strength of character and glowing personality endeared her to many friends.  We will miss her generous sense of humor and loving nature.      


Parker Lofgren was a founding partner of St. Charles Capital, headquartered in Denver Colorado. St. Charles is now considered one of the foremost boutique investment banks in the Western U.S. Since beginning his investment banking career and co-founding the firm, Parker has been involved in the completion of merger and acquisition transactions with aggregate value in excess of $2.3 billion. Previously a partner with KeyBanc Capital Markets and The Wallach Company, Parker graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs.  Parker was an outstanding father, husband, brother, son and uncle to his family. An active member of the Denver Country Club, he enjoyed golfing, squash, and tennis. He was a great flyfisherman, and enjoyed hunting, alpine skiing, and the outdoors. His open personality, resilience, and exceptional character and utmost high integrity made him a special leader, friend and mentor to all who knew him. Like Caroline, he was active in the community, and completed several terms in leadership roles on the board of Summer Scholars and the National Kidney Foundation. He was a true friend socially and philanthropically to Denver, and we will dearly miss his vibrant smile and personality.


Sophie Lofgren was also an exceptional young woman.  At age 8 she was already an accomplished musician much like her mother but with the violin, she enjoyed swimming, ice skating, and skiing, and was a loving daughter, and sister.


Owen Lofgren was radiant young man. Like his parents, his genuine sense of humor and mischievous nature, coupled with exceptional intelligence, success at school, and love of lacrosse, swimming, golf and skiing made him a wonderful son, brother, and friend of many.


The families of the Lofgrens, thank their friends, neighbors, and relatives, and the communities of Denver and the State of Colorado for their support and understanding during this difficult time. The funeral service has not yet been scheduled, but will be announced shortly. Thank you all for your support."

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