Crestone Eagle, October 2008:
Burned body found west of Saguache is being investigated as a homicide
SAGUACHE — The discovery of burning skeletal
remains found in Saguache County near Big Springs campground
on Saturday Sept. 20 “is actively being investigated
as a homicide,” said Saguache County Sheriff Mike Norris.
“Evidence collected at the scene was taken to the Colorado
Bureau of Investigation office in Pueblo, Colo. for examination
by a pathologist,” Norris said. The skeletal remains
have been sent to the El Paso County Medical Examiners’
Office in Colorado Springs, Colo. for forensic examination.
The results have not yet been returned as of press time.
The sheriff’s office received a call at approximately
9:40am Sat., Sept. 20 regarding the discovery of a barrel
that was burning at Saguache CR 41G, appx. 12 miles west of
Saguache off Hwy 114, that contained what appeared to be human
Investigator Mark Werts and Deputy Cpl. Hawkins were sent
to the location and reported finding blood, clothing and other
items at the scene which were later recovered in the forensic
Norris indicated that investigators believe whatever happened
at the site happened within hours of the discovery. CBI crime
scene investigators were called in to assist the sheriff’s
Norris stressed the investigation remains in the preliminary
stages, but asks the public if anyone was in the area of the
discovery late that Friday night or Saturday morning to contact
the sheriff’s office at (719) 655-2525.
Norris also stated that this incident was not connected to
a body that was recently found in northern Alamosa County.
As of press time, the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office
had not responded for a request for information on that report.
Updates will be posted on the Eagle website www.crestoneeagle.com.
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