Felon arrested after human remains found in rural Colorado

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DENVER | A man sought by police after the remains of three people were found near a rural town in southern Colorado was arrested Thursday at a motel in New Mexico.

Adre Jordan Baroz, 26, was arrested without incident in Gallup and is facing charges of first-degree homicide, first-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. His warrant remains sealed, and no additional information was available Thursday.

Searches last week uncovered the skeletal remains of three people on two properties near Los Sauces, a tiny community outside the small city of Alamosa, more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of Denver, Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther said. None of the remains have been identified.

Authorities have declined to comment on how Baroz may be connected to the discovery of the remains. They said he is commonly known as “Psycho” in the area but did not elaborate.

Alamosa Police Chief Ken Anderson told reporters Wednesday that authorities considered Baroz armed and dangerous and that any sightings should be reported to police. Authorities from at least four sheriff’s offices, police departments in Colorado’s San Luis Valley agricultural region and state investigators have formed a task force to investigate.

It was not known if any of the remains are linked to any missing-persons cases in the region, which borders New Mexico, said George Dingfelder, police chief of the small community of Monte Vista. He said authorities got a search warrant for a property near Los Sauces, found human remains there and then found more on a nearby property.

Identification could take weeks, if not months, and it isn’t known whether the remains are male, female, what age they may be or how long they were at the properties, Dingfelder said.

Baroz is from the tiny town of Sanford, near Los Sauces, Anderson said. He has a criminal history in Colorado that includes assault on a peace officer, attempted escape and theft, according to state court records. Baroz also has open criminal cases against him that include several drug charges, possession of a weapon by a felon and assault.

Members of the Colorado Springs Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who were helping the Alamosa Police Department in the search, located Baroz.