Hotchkiss, CO - KREX 5 News has obtained the arrest affidavit for Edgar Macias-Moreno, which revealed he told police he choked to death Hotchkiss resident Madelaine Loh during an argument.
Loh had been reported missing by her mother on June 24th, after she had not heard from her since June 19th.
On June 27, Macias-Moreno showed up with his family at the Delta County Sheriff's Office saying he wanted to talk to an investigator. During the interview with Detective Sergeant Quinn Archibeque, Macias-Moreno said "I guess I am the reason she's missing".
He told the investigator he and Loh had been fighting because they had both been fired from their jobs after being accused by their employer of stealing money. He said they were arguing on June 19 in the camper they lived in about who would pay the money back, when Loh started hitting him. He said that at that point he turned around and "I grabbed her by the neck and I didn't stop."
He then proceeded to say he eventually put Loh's body in the front seat of her Jeep Renegade and drove off, also taking Loh's dog with him. He said somewhere between Delta and Grand Junction he put the dog out of the car. The dog was later found wandering on Highway 50.
At some point during the day on June 20th, he said he pulled off of I-15 about 20 miles south of Scipio, UT, drove for about a mile down a road, and then left Loh's body uncovered behind a tree stump and then he drove to St. George, UT.
He then told investigators he tried to kill himself by setting the car on fire with him inside it, but could not go through with it, and returned home to his family, and then decided to confess what he did.
Macias-Moreno is facing 10 felony and misdemeanor charges, including First Degree Murder, Second Degree Kidnapping, Concealing Death, and Cruelty To Animals.