Hostage rescued after discovery of murder; 1 suspect arrested, another by and large

JOHNSTOWN, Colo. (KDVR) – A man from Weld County was rescued Tuesday night after he disappeared after the discovery of a murder near Johnstown Sunday afternoon.

Oscar Eduardo Valles Avila, 26, who had been missing since Saturday night, was rescued in Julesburg during a multi-agency operation involving the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and resources from Sedgwick, Phillips and Logan counties.

Avila and Gilbert Gutierrez, 40, were taken to the 23,600 block of Blake Street in unincorporated Weld County just outside Johnstown. Gutierrez’s body was discovered Sunday afternoon, and deputies said he died of blunt force trauma.

WCSO said “Avila was allegedly kidnapped and in serious physical danger” after the discovery of the killing.

Marco Antonio Gutierrez-Herrera, 40, was arrested after Avila’s rescue on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and intimidation, with further charges pending.

Another suspect was in Julesburg early Monday in a white 2015-2017 Toyota Camry or similar sedan. Detectives believe the suspect is connected to the Pueblo area. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Suspected vehicle killed

Anyone with information please call It. Ong from the Weld County Sheriff’s Department at 970-400-5816.


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