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Body Of Missing Clifton Man In Murder Case Found

Mesa County, CO - New, but limited, details have been released by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office about the murder of Clifton resident Kyle Free.

The sheriff's office says human remains were recovered on Wednesday, December 5th that have been identified as belonging to Free. The discovery came following the arrest of a second suspect in the case.

Free's remains were found in a remote area in the northeastern part of Mesa County. 

The Mesa County Coroner has determined that the cause of death was gunshot wounds to the neck and chest and ruled the death a homicide.

No other details were released, and records in the case remain sealed by a court, and the Sheriff's Office says the investigation is ongoing.


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The Mesa County Sheriff's Office announces a second arrest in relation to the murder of Kyle Free, the 32-year-old man from Clifton who was reported missing in April of 2018.

Investigators arrested 28-year-old Timothy Zane Russman in Collbran on Wednesday afternoon. The MCSO says Russman lives in Clifton.

Russman is charged with Accessory to the Crime of First Degree Murder (Class 4 felony), tampering with Evidence (Class 6 Felony) and Abuse of a Corpse (Class 2 Misdemeanor).

On November 27, 2018, the MSCO announced the arrest of 34-year-old Rebecca Walker in Clifton on four felony charges that included first degree murder and abuse of a corpse.

Both Walker and Russman are held at the Mesa County Detention Facility on no-bond holds.

Further details in the case are unavailable as documents have been ordered sealed by the court. Even after this second arrest, the MCSO says they are still actively investigating the case.

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