Glenwood Springs homicide victim identified
The victim in a homicide discovered near Glenwood Springs Friday was identified as 28-year-old Blanca Judith Jurado Salas.
This was Garfield County’s first homicide in 2016 following three the year before.
Authorities discovered Jurado Salas Friday evening south of Glenwood Springs at Pinon Pines Apartments, where she lived.
The investigation Friday night led authorities to suspect a Glenwood Springs man, Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 27, in the crime, which the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office characterized as “a case of extreme domestic violence.”
The victim was autopsied Monday by a forensic pathologist at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. The cause of death was found to be multiple gunshot wounds.
Prior to this, Olivo-Tellez had an active domestic violence warrant.
Olivo-Tellez also lived at Pinon Pines Apartments on Garfield County Road 114, according to jail records. But it’s unclear if he lived with the victim.
Authorities tracked Olivo-Tellez to Grand Junction, where he was arrested by the Grand Junction SWAT Team Saturday morning. He was transported to and incarcerated in the Garfield County Jail later that day on charges of first-degree murder, as well as misdemeanor charges of child abuse, third-degree assault and obstruction of telephone services.
His arresting charges also included domestic violence, a sentence enhancer. He is being held without bond, which District Attorney Sherry Caloia said her office will argue to maintain.
A second person in connection to this case was arrested with Olivo-Tellez in Grand Junction. Michelle Castillo, 24, was arrested on charges of accessory to a class 1 felony (first-degree murder), which is itself a class 4 felony.
Her bond was set at $100,000.
Olivo-Tellez is expected to appear in Garfield County Court on Tuesday, as is Castillo.
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Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said he has never seen a case where arrest documents were not filed within 48 hours.