Fox News - A Colorado Bureau of Investigations manhunt led to the arrest of a convicted felon going by the nickname "Psycho," who was wanted in connection with three deaths.
Police arrested Adre Jordan Baroz, 26, in Gallup, New Mexico, on Thursday, just one day after launching a statewide manhunt, CBS Denver reported. Baroz faces charges of first-degree homicide, first-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping.
Authorities will transport Baroz to the McKinley County detention center in Gallup.
Colorado authorities began the manhunt for Baroz on Wednesday after human remains were found last week at two separate properties in the San Luis Valley.
Baroz is from the town of Sanford, near the hamlet of Los Sauces in Conejos County, and has a criminal history in Colorado that includes assault on a peace officer, attempted escape and theft.
CBI said skeletal remains of three people were discovered last week at two separate properties in Los Sauces or Lasauces, a rural community and former 19th-century stagecoach stop outside the small city of Alamosa, more than 200 miles south of Denver.
State investigators partnered with at least four law enforcement agencies in the agricultural region bordering New Mexico – the Monte Vista and Alamosa Police Departments and Conejos and Saguache County Sheriff’s Offices – to form a task force to further investigate.
It could take weeks, if not months, to identify the remains, and it isn't known whether the remains are male, female, what age they may be or how long they were at the properties, said George Dingfelder, police chief of the small community of Monte Vista.
Alamosa Police Chief Ken Anderson had warned residents to consider Baroz armed and dangerous ahead of his arrest, and that no one should try to contact him. Baroz also has open criminal cases against him that include several drug charges, possession of a weapon by a felon and assault, according to state court records.
“The San Luis Valley is very small. It’s a tight-knit community,” Anderson said at a Zoom press conference. “Most of us have grown up here." We’re just trying to keep the community safe right now.”
Dingfelder said authorities got a search warrant last week for a property near Las Sauces, found human remains there and then found more on a nearby property. Authorities are still searching the second property “to ensure all remains and all evidence is found,” Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther said.
In first announcing the discoveries Tuesday, CBI said the case does not appear to be related to the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew, a mother missing since May, “but all possibilities are being considered.”
Last week, authorities renewed calls for information about the 49-year-old wife and mother of two daughters on the six-month anniversary of her disappearance.
A neighbor dialed 911 after Morphew left for a bike ride from her home in the Maysville area in Chaffee County and never returned. Investigators have yet to name a person of interest. She was last seen by her husband, 52-year-old Barry Morphew, who was reportedly away in Denver for a landscaping job.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.