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Murder, manhunt and mystery: What actually happened to the “Four Corners Fugitives”?

After killing a Cortez police officer, the criminals disappeared and died under strange circumstances

Courtesy of Gerald Trainor/St. Martin’s Press

This would have been the last view of Cross Canyon seen by fugitive Alan “Monte” Pilon from the point on Tin Cup Mesa where his body was found. Cross Canyon Road cuts through the center of the frame. The fugitives abandoned a flatbed truck just above the road toward the right side of the picture. Author Dan Schultz believes Robert Mason shot and killed Pilon shortly after they abandoned the truck May 29, 1998, because Pilon was unable to keep up with Mason’s pace in evading law enforcement in the canyon country. Jason McVean’s bones and equipment were found just outside the left of frame in 2007.