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Colorado: Summit sheriffs arrest murder suspect

Gregory Scott Gavin has been arrested as a suspect in the murder of Karl Fred Kohler.

Officers say DNA analysis, physical evidence at scene links Gregory Scott Gavin to the brutal beating death of Karl Fred Kohler

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Thursday arrested Gregory Scott Gavin as a suspect in the murder of Karl Fred Kohler.

Sheriffs Office spokesperson Tracy LeClair said Gavin was arrested near Keystone about four hours after a warrant was issued.

Gavin was also a transient resident of the area who lived in the forest by choice, according to LeClair, who added that the two camps were not in close proximity. It’s not know whether Kohler and Gavin had any previous contact or conflicts, she said.

Kohler, 45, was beaten to death while camped on National Forest Service land near the Burro Trailhead in Breckenridge.

His body was found May 19, triggering a three-week investigation that resulted in this week’s arrest.

Gavin, 50, is currently being held in the Summit County Detention Facility on charges of  second degree murder. His bond has been set at $250,000. Continue reading

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Colorado: Plenty of leads, no named suspects in Summit County homicide investigation

Investigators say they’re pursuing numerous leads and analyzing evidence

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Law enforcement officials say they’ve following up on numerous leads to solve the murder of 45-year-old Karl Fred Kohler, whose body was found May 19 near the Burro Trailhead on National Forest land near Breckenridge.

“We are actively pursuing all leads and utilizing all resources at our disposal,” said Summit County Sheriff John Minor. “And while we’re not able to discuss the specific details of the investigation, I want to assure the citizens of Summit County that we are working around the clock to bring this case to a successful close in a timely manner.” Continue reading

Colorado: Breckenridge murder victim identified

Burro Trail, Breckenridge, Colorado.

Coroner confirms that transient Karl Fred Kohler was killed by blunt force trauma

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Law enforcement officials said Tuesday that they identified a homicide victim found in the woods near the popular Burro Trail on national forest land near Breckenridge  as Karl Fred Kohler, 45, originally from New York.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Kohler, a transient resident of the area, was identified with the help of Colorado Bureau of investigation fingerprint records. Kohler’s body was found Sunday morning.

Undersheriff Derek Woodman said Kohler had been living in the vicinity of Breckenridge for several years and was fairly well-known by some local residents. He had been previously arrested in several locations for minor offenses, according to Woodman.

The Summit County coroner confirmed Monday that the cause of death homicide due to blunt force trauma. A full autopsy is expected to take several weeks.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone involved in the Breckenridge town cleanup on May 19, 2012, that was in the area around Warrior’s Mark Trail and the Burro Trail to  call Detective Jared Dennis at 970.423.8907  or send and email to Jaredd@co.summit.co.us.

The coroner’s office said it’s not releasing any more details at this time “as the case is still open and active and releasing details would endanger the investigation.”

Woodman said there’s no danger to local residents.

“This isn’t like a random serial killer,” he said.

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