CONEJOS COUNTY — Authorities are searching for a suspect, who is well-known by his nickname, Psycho, after the remains of three people were discovered in a rural part of Conejos County.
In a press conference Wednesday, Monte Vista Police Chief George Dingfelder said on Nov. 10, the Conejos County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant in a rural location in the county near the town of Las Sauces, also written as La Sauses, Lasauses, Los Sauces and Los Sauses.
The search warrant was related to stolen equipment and vehicles. Investigators found human remains during the search.
Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther said based on information from the scene, a task force was formed on Nov. 13, consisting of Conejos County, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Alamosa Police Department, Sawatch County Sheriff's Office, Monte Vista Police Department and Colorado State Patrol.
A few days after the initial search, based on evidence they found at the property, they investigated a second property, where they found more human remains. The two locations are close to one another.
The property owners were not living at the locations at the time. There was no information available on how long the remains had been there.
During Wednesday's press conference, Dingfelder said the human remains had not been connected to any missing persons cases, adding that that would be irresponsible and purely speculation.
A forensic anthropologist confirmed that the remains found included at least three people. Their identities, genders and ages are under investigation and may take several weeks or months to verify due to the condition they were in, Dingfelder said.
Based on the investigation, Alamosa Police Chief Ken Anderson said the police department has "clearly identified" a suspect: 26-year-old Adre Jordan Baroz. He is still on the run and should be considered armed and dangerous, Anderson said.
Anderson said he is well-known by the nickname "Psycho." He said it's too early to categorize Baroz as a serial killer.
Anybody who sees him should call 911, he said.
According to court documents, Baroz has previously spent time in prison for charges related to drugs and assault.
There's a month or two left of investigating, Anderson said. He added that they don't often see cases like this one.
Dingfelder said there are many missing people from southern Colorado, and the area of the crime scenes are very close to the New Mexico border. It won't be clear for at least several weeks if the deceased people had been reported missing, or where they had been missing from.
A tip line has been set up to gather information related to the case. Anybody with information is asked to call 719-270-0210.
Chris Schaefer of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said there is absolutely no indication that the missing persons case of Suzanne Morphew is connected to this case.