Skeletal remains found in the mountains near Sulphur Springs

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: Sept. 14, 2017) Some young hunters from the La Veta area made a grisly discovery last Saturday.

Huerfano County Coroner Vonnie Valdez confirmed skeletal remains were found Saturday in rough terrain in Huerfano County near the Costilla County line.

After the young hunters discovered the remains they contacted the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office, according to Valdez. She and Capt. Ray Walsh, HCSO, spent much of the day Saturday and Sunday on scene.

Sgt. Paul Quintana of the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office says his agency is in charge of the investigation and they are treating it like a possible crime scene.

Valdez said the unidentified remains, which appear to be between three to six months old, were sent to the El Paso County Coroner’s Office for a postmortem exam.

Sheriff Bruce Newman says his office assisted the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office recover the remains and while the skeletal remains were found in Huerfano County, the Costilla County S.O. is in charge of the investigation.

Valdez says the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was also on scene on Sunday and is assisting in the investigation.

While Sgt. Quintana wouldn’t comment on the significance of the skeletal remains, he did admit the body might be connected to a criminal case in Costilla County. A press release issued by the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said it may take several months to identify the remains and the case is under investigation.

It is not known whether this discovery has anything to do with the disappearance of Benjamin Hamby, 28, who has been missing since March 30 of this year. He was reportedly last seen gathering wood in the Forbes Trinchera area of Costilla County, which borders Huerfano County on it’s south and west side.