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Arrest Papers Unsealed For Man Accused In Triple Murder


CANON CITY, Colo. A Fremont County judge just unsealed the arrest papers of Jaacob Vanwinkle Friday. He's the man accused of murdering a woman and her two children at their Canon City home.

11 News is trying to be very sensitive with the information we have, and keep in mind the woman killed had a teenage daughter who survived the attack on her family.

According to the arrest papers, Vanwinkle told police that he went out to buy meth and when he came back, he found the two children and their mother dead. Police say he choose not to notify authorities because he's a wanted fugitive.

As we've been reporting, the bodies of Mandy Folsom and two of her kids were found in a Canon City home on March 9 after Mandy’s teenage daughter escaped and ran to a neighbor’s home to call police.

Investigators say the teenager reported that Vanwinkle told her he had tied up her family members in a garage. Police say when they arrived, they found Vanwinkle upstairs in a room with a bloody knife stuck in a shoe. They found the three bodies downstairs, stabbed to death.

Arrest papers also say VanWinkle told the teenager he had killed someone in Indiana. As we’ve been reporting, Vanwinkle was living in a home in Indiana where his roommate's body was found back in 2011. However, the coroner determined that man had died of natural causes. 11 News has calls in to investigators in Indiana to see if they may be taking a second look at that case.

Vanwinkle remains locked up at the Fremont County Jail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month. We'll let you know what happens.


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