GEORGETOWN, Colorado - Thomas Claeys has been arrested on first-degree murder charges in connection with the slaying of a Kiowa man whose body was found off Interstate 70 near Silver Plume in 2010.
"We found the person who we believe killed Conrad Crall in September of 2010," District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.
Claeys, 56, of Kiowa, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and aggravated robbery, Hurlbert said.
Residents discovered the body of 31-year-old Conrad Keith Crall on Oct. 9, 2010, as they were hiking around their property, according to press reports at the time.
The DA's office also plans to bring charges against a second defendant in the case. Officials would not immediately say what those charges will be.
A judge has put a gag order on the case, and arrest warrants containing details of the crime and the investigation also have been sealed, Hurlbert said.
Crall's body had been on the hikers' property for 10 days to two weeks, Clear Creek County authorities told the press. He was identified by his fingerprints and appeared to have been killed at the same location he was found.
Despite the two distinct murder charges, Hurlbert confirmed there was only one victim. One of the charges is for first-degree murder after deliberation and the second is for first-degree murder while committing a felony.
Claeys faces a sentence of life in prison for each of the murder charges, if convicted. The kidnapping and robbery charges each carry a sentence of 32 years in prison.