By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A murder discovered in Torrington on Tuesday appears to be connected with an arson fire and vehicle theft that also occurred, according to the Torrington Police Department.
The department, in a posting on its Facebook page, said a suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the events that all occurred Tuesday morning.
According to the department, the the Torrington communications center for Torrington and Goshen County law enforcement was made aware of a fire on East Valley Road around 6 a.m. Tuesday.
While the Torrington Fire Department was working to combat the fire, officers received information that led them to suspect the fire was the result of arson.
Based on the information received, officers conducted a follow-up investigation and located a body on East 17th Avenue in Torrington. The death is suspicious in nature and is being investigated as a homicide.
While officers were working the murder scene, a stolen vehicle was reported on East C Street. The vehicle was ultimately located with assistance from the Goshen County Sheriff’s Department.
The arson, murder and vehicle theft are believed to be related and the crimes are associated with a single suspect, who has been taken into custody and is currently being housed at the Goshen County Detention Center, the department said.
The suspect is being held on probable cause developed during the investigation, but no identities have been released.
Police do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the community.
The Torrington PD will work with the Goshen County Coroner and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations on this case, but the department said its staff would be strained during the investigation.
“We have officers available for emergent calls, but routine calls for service may be delayed. Please be patient with us as work through this challenging time,” the department said.