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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

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