No Search For Colorado Felon Accused Of Killing Mother

Credit: KCNC/Mesa County Sheriff's Office
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State records show that the state Department of Corrections didn't actively search for an escaped felon from Mesa County now accused of killing his mother.

Thirty-one-year-old Daniel Stetzel allegedly confessed to killing his mother, 54-year-old Kathleen Stetzel, and leaving her body in the desert near Grand Junction. He is being held in the Mesa County jail on $1 million bond.

Records obtained by KMGH-TV show Stetzel's parole officer was notified of his escape from a halfway house on June 26 and an arrest warrant was issued the next day. However, the officer didn't try to reach Stetzel's emergency contact, his mother, until two weeks later. She was reported missing 12 days later.

The records don't indicate any active searching for Stetzel before that time.