ARRESTED: Man known as ‘Psycho,’ wanted in connection with human remains found in Colorado, located in New Mexico
CONEJOS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A man wanted in connection with human remains found in Colorado is now in custody.
The arrest of Adre Baroz was announced by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Thursday afternoon. He also goes by “Psycho.” He was taken into custody without incident in Gallup, New Mexico, close to the border of Arizona off I-40. He is facing charges in Colorado for first-degree homicide, first-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping.
A nationwide manhunt started for Baroz on Wednesday following a disturbing discovery in the San Luis Valley area.
A grisly discovery
Conejos County law enforcement and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were not looking for remains when they jointly executed a search warrant at a property near the town of Los Sauces on Nov. 10. They were looking for Baroz, who was wanted for allegedly stealing vehicles and equipment.
“During this search, remains were found on the property. The remains were later discovered to be human remains,” said Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther. “This information we got at the first scene, we got a task force together ... members of the task force assisted in searching a second property in close proximity to the first property. Additional human remains were found on the second property.”
Since the remains were uncovered, investigators from multiple agencies including the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office, CBI, Monte Vista and Alamosa police departments have continued digging up the properties to ensure there are no additional victims left there.
“It is imperative that we perform and exhaust the search of the area to ensure all the remains and all evidence is found,” Crowther said.
The owners are not currently living at the properties in question.
Connection to missing persons cases?
In a news conference Wednesday, authorities were quick to state that none of the remains have been tied to any ongoing or cold cases. The remains continue to undergo forensic analysis and have not been identified.
“Just because human remains have been found, we are not associating them with any missing persons cases at this time,” said Chief George Dingfelder with the Monte Vista Police Department. “And for anyone to do so would be irresponsible and pure speculation.”
Investigators have not yet been able to determine identities, gender, or ages of any of the victims. That could take several weeks or even months, Dingfelder said.
“The forensic anthropologist has confirmed that we have the remains of three people, or three victims at this point, and that’s really about all we’ve got,”
The remains are currently undergoing forensic analysis.
‘Danger to the public’
Baroz has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2014. On the same day investigators were calling for his capture, he was supposed to be in court in Alamosa for weapons and drug charges.
He’s well-known in the community by his nickname, Anderson said.
“Mr. Baroz’s nickname that almost everyone knows him by, at least from what I’ve been hearing, he goes by ‘Psycho.’ I just wanted to put that out there because he is commonly called Psycho around these neighborhoods.”
Prior to his capture, law enforcement said getting him in custody was their number one priority.
“He is a danger to the public right now,” Anderson said.
A discussion on the investigation with reporter Ashley Franco, who is covering the case, can be viewed below:
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