Man sought in slaying found at Trappers Lake after search
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said today that a man sought in the killing of a woman near Steamboat Springs was captured at about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Trappers Lake Recreation Area.
Cole Pollard, 22, is a “person of interest” in the slaying of 22-year-old Patricia Richmond near the community of Clark in Routt County north of Steamboat. Richmond’s body was found Monday tied up and face down in the home of her fiance’s parents. Routt Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said Pollard is a distant cousin of Richmond’s fiance.
On Tuesday evening, Garfield County authorities were notified of a vehicle matching the description of one reportedly driven by Pollard. Trappers Lake is in Garfield County, and the sheriff’’s office began coordinating a search for Pollard at about 8 a.m. Wednesday.
He was found at about 11 a.m., and will be returned to Routt County.
Sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe said Pollard was unarmed when he was found despite an earlier report that he may have a gun.
Six to eight campers were in the area overnight, Stowe said, and were told that the search would be conducted, but were not evacuated.
One of the campers spotted a man matching Pollard’s description approaching a latrine and alerted authorities, Stowe said, leading to his capture.
The search was a combined effort of Garfield County, Routt County, Rio Blanco County, the Bureau of Land Mangement, Forest Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Garfield County used several deputies as well as its All Hazards Response Team in the effort, the sheriff’s office said.
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