County Sheriff Derek Navarette discussed the release of an autopsy report indicating the unattended death of a male party found in a vacant building near Kit Carson Trail on Wednesday, July 10,was the result of a homicide. He’s seen speaking here at a recent County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office is now considering homicide as the most likely cause of the unattended death of a male party whose remains were found in a vacant building near Kit Carson Trail just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. The Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation on Wednesday, June 10, with the County Coroner’s Office assisting the investigation.

On Sunday, July 14 the Las Animas County Coroner’s Office had an autopsy conducted on the unidentified body. The autopsy determined that the victim is a male, between 5 feet 9.5 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall.  The age of the deceased male party was not determined by the autopsy.  It was noted that the victim had a full top denture and the six bottom front teeth. The male was wearing camouflage cargo shorts, a dark shirt, dark socks and brown sandals. 

Based on the autopsy results, the Sheriff’s Office is now considering this death to be a homicide. No further information will be releasing pertaining to the cause of death or any other details of the investigation, due to the fact that this case is an ongoing criminal investigation.

Anyone with information pertaining to this matter is asked to contact the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at 719-846-2211. Sheriff Derek Navarette said in a Wednesday, July 12 phone call that his office was still gathering evidence in the case. “We’re hoping more pieces will fall into place on this case in the near future,” Sheriff Navarette said. “Now that the autopsy has been released, we’re hoping to establish the victim’s identity, and then, hopefully, we’ll find out more about who this person associated with and who might have committed this crime. We don’t think it’s an issue that threatens community members, so we believe people should still feel safe in this area.”

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