Two Colorado residents and participants in a paintball event were found dead in the Cache County backcountry Sunday morning. Officials are investigating carbon monoxide poisoning as the cause.The victims have been identified as 28-year-old Steven Dowdy of Clifton, Colorado and 10-year-old Darian Thomlinson of Grand Junction, Colo. The two reportedly were found dead inside a tent near Ant Flat Road, 11 miles south of Blacksmith Fork Canyon near Mineral Point, Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Bilodeau said. The area was a couple miles north of the Weber-Cache county line.According to sheriff’s reports, a large paintball event was taking place in the area Friday and Saturday and there were a couple hundred people involved with the competition. Bilodeau said the event was quite involved with walls and buildings erected in the area. There was a discussion about the venue held in the weeks prior to the event on the
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Web site.A group of other individuals reportedly went up to the area Sunday morning to wake the pair up and found them unresponsive. Inside the tent was a five-pound propane tank and a heater, and the tent was sealed up. Bilodeau said he couldn’t declare carbon monoxide poisoning as the cause of death until the state medical examiner’s office had a chance to perform autopsies, but he said sheriff’s officials were investigating the case as if that were the cause.After the bodies were found, Bilodeau said, somebody ran down the road until they could get a cell phone signal and call authorities. Emergency crews from Weber County responded first and after discovering the location was in Cache County, contacted Cache officials. Cache authorities responded at about 8:30 a.m. A doctor and other EMS-trained individuals reportedly were on hand at the event but were unable to revive the pair.No other details about the deceased individuals was released as of Sunday afternoon.