Police officials in the Wyoming community of Torrington say that they have one person in custody, relating to multiple crimes including “Homicide, Arson, and Vehicle Theft.”
At approximately 6:10 am, a fire was reported on in the 300 block of East Valley Road in Torrington.
“While the Torrington Volunteer Fire Department was working to control the fire, additional information was received by our officers that was suspicious in nature,” Torrington Police say. “The fire is being investigated as a suspected arson at this time.”
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Officers say they conducted a follow-up investigation and a deceased person was ultimately located in the 1300 block of East 17th Avenue in Torrington.
“The death is suspicious in nature and is being investigated as a suspected homicide at this time,” Torrington PD says. “While officers were working at that scene, a stolen vehicle was reported in the 1700 block of East C Street. The vehicle was subsequently located with assistance from the Goshen County Sheriff’s Department.”
All of these incidents are believed to be related and the crimes are associated with a single suspect. The suspect has been reportedly taken into custody and is currently housed at the Goshen County Detention Center.
“This investigation is complex and involves multiple crime scenes in our community. Our agency will be working with Wyoming DCI and the Goshen County Coroner to gather all of the available evidence so that the truth can be learned and justice sought for the victim,” a statement said Tuesday. “Our agency resources are significantly stretched because of the size and complexity of this case. We have officers available for emergent calls, but routine calls for service may be delayed. Please be patient with us as work through this challenging time.”
The investigation is ongoing.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Goshen County District Attorney’s Office.