Investigation into decapitated body continues; sheriff asks for public's help

2014-08-29T10:45:00Z 2014-09-08T07:10:12Z Investigation into decapitated body continues; sheriff asks for public's helpBy ZACH BENOIT The Billings Gazette

As the investigation continues into the murder of Cody, Wyo., resident Juan Antonio Guerra-Torres, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward is asking for the public’s help in tracking down several people who might have information in the case.

A Cody man and his son found the headless body of Torres, 30, on Jan. 9 while hunting ducks in the Little Sand Coulee area. Steward said Guerra-Torres’ body had been severely mutilated after his death and was missing its left arm. He had been shot multiple times.

Guerra-Torres is a native of Guanajuato, Mexico and split time living between Wyoming and Tulare County, Calif. Steward said his office is working closely with officials in California and Wyoming to solve the case.

Investigators are now working to identify several persons of interest in the case but declined to name them, citing the ongoing investigation. They have left Wyoming and their movements are being monitored, Steward said in a news release.

They are also searching for several people known only as “Crocodile” or “Don Cheto” who might have been with Guerra-Torres around the time of his death.

In addition, authorities are looking into a woman identified as Guerra-Torres’ significant other.

“Guerra-Torres was reportedly with a female, identified as Sandra Garcia, in close proximity to the time of his death.” Steward said in a news release. “And while we do not consider Garcia a suspect at this time, we are looking into her activities and movements in and around the time of Guerra-Torres’ death.”

During the course of the investigation, officials have traveled to Washington and California to speak with friends and family of Guerra-Torres.

Steward asked that anyone with information that might help in the investigation call the Park County, Wyo., Sheriff’s Office at 307-527-8700.

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