PO­LICE SEEK TEEN IN SLAY­ING OF TWO NEAR FOUN­TAIN

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el paso county» Au­thor­i­ties are search­ing for a per­son of in­ter­est in the deaths of two Colorado Springs teens.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are hop­ing to talk to 18-year-old Diego Car­los Cha­con, known as Casper, said Jac­que­line Kirby, a spokes­woman for the El Paso County sher­iff. He’s 5-foot-9 and weighs about 150 pounds, she said.

“We feel that Cha­con has in­for­ma­tion that is key to our in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Kirby said.

Derek Ben­jamin Greer, 15, and Natalie Par­tida, 16, were found dead March 12 on the shoul­der of Old Pue­blo Road in a ru­ral part of the county near Foun­tain. Derek was a fresh­man and Natalie a sopho­more at Coron­ado High School.

The coroner’s of­fice ruled their deaths homi­cides but has not said how they were killed.

Gus­tavo Marquez, 19, was ar­rested late Sun­day on sus­pi­cion of two counts each of first-de­gree mur­der, sec­ond-de­gree kid­nap­ping and ag­gra­vated rob­bery and one count of child abuse re­sult­ing in death.

Unsea­son­able weather trig­gers record flows in Elk River

B steam­boat springs» A warm March in Routt County has led to record-set­ting flows through the Elk River.

Flows in the Elk River hit a 24-hour peak of 1,050 cu­bic feet per sec­ond early Mon­day, nearly dou­bling the record for the date, 524 cfs in 2007.

Sim­i­larly, the Yampa River was flow­ing through down­town Steam­boat Springs at a rate of 408 cu­bic feet per sec­ond, well above the me­dian of 150 cfs.

High flows in the Elk River have been driven by snow melt­ing un­der bright skies and day­time tem­per­a­tures in the 60s.

Miss­ing teen safe in Texas.

A 13-year-old girl miss­ing since Fri­day, when her fam­ily was on va­ca­tion in Colorado Springs, has been found safe in her home state. Adalie Rivera was found in Du­mas, Texas, nearly 200 miles north of her home­town of Lub­bock, Colorado Springs po­lice said Tues­day. “She is safe,” po­lice said. Po­lice did not pro­vide de­tails on how the girl was found or how she made her way back to Texas. Rivera was stay­ing with her fam­ily at the Qual­ity Inn Colorado Springs Air­port ho­tel on Aerotech Drive when she went miss­ing. She left with no money and had no friends in the Pikes Peak re­gion, po­lice pre­vi­ously said.

RTD: Driver in­volved in fiery four-ve­hi­cle crash east of Boul­der was con­trac­tor B

boul­der» The Re­gional Trans­porta­tion District said the 73year-old man driv­ing one of its buses who has been charged with caus­ing a four-ve­hi­cle crash on Ara­pa­hoe Road on Mon­day was a con­tracted driver. Richard Cas­tle, 73, was is­sued a sum­mons for care­less driv­ing re­sult­ing in in­jury af­ter re­port­edly rear-end­ing a stopped com­mer­cial van, crush­ing it against a flatbed semi and caus­ing the van to burst into flames. Den­ver Post wire ser­vices

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