A man arrested in connection with the discovery of three sets of human remains in a rural part of the San Luis Valley last month was seen shooting a missing 19-year-old woman and leaving her body in a hole, according to court records unsealed this week.
A witness, identified as a nameless confidential informant, told investigators they saw 26-year-old Adre “Psycho” Baroz kill Selena Esquibel at a property in the Los Sauces area of Conejos County, also known as Lasauses, an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Alamosa County District Court says. Esquibel was reported missing in late August.
The document provides the first details into how investigators linked Baroz to the discovery of the human remains at two properties in November. Baroz is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and tampering with a deceased body in connection with Esquibel’s death.
Authorities have not formally confirmed that the remains found at the site belong to Esquibel. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, however, investigators are confident that she was killed by Baroz, because they found human bones in a pit where the witness said they saw Esquibel killed in late August or early September.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has identified another set of remains discovered in connection with the Baroz case as Myron Robert Martinez, who would have turned 38 on Nov. 15. The Del Norte man was reported missing on Nov. 6.
Baroz has not been charged in Martinez’s death.
The third set of remains have not been identified. Baroz has also not been formally charged in connection with those remains.
It’s not clear how, beyond the witness to Esquibel’s fatal shooting, authorities have connected Baroz to the other two sets of remains. But the arrest warrant affidavit death says Baroz was being investigated in the deaths of people missing out of Saguache and Rio Grande counties. The document didn’t elaborate.
Baroz was arrested in New Mexico on Nov. 19, six days after Esquibel’s remains were apparently discovered when authorities carried out a search warrant.
Baroz is also facing charges in a drug and weapons case out of Alamosa. Arrest documents in that case show he was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over on Sept. 25. During the stop police found more than a quarter-pound of suspected methamphetamine and five guns. According to the documents, Baroz told officers he was leaving town and his belongings were in the vehicle. As a convicted felon, Baroz is prohibited from having possessing firearms.
Baroz has a long criminal history in Colorado that includes convictions for assaulting a police officer, theft, attempted escape and possession of contraband.