Fugitive’s body found in Mexico | VailDaily.com

Fugitive’s body found in Mexico

Roger Peterson

Schmitt, 38, was apparently found dead in an alley in a small town in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. Holte said photographs and fingerprints from the body verified the man as Schmitt, who reportedly left the Leadville area shortly after posting bond. A warrant was issued after Schmitt allegedly didn’t comply with the terms of a court order, the sheriff added.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies, investigating a domestic violence incident between Schmitt and his girlfriend, went to the man’s home on April 13. He was arrested later at St. Vincent Hospital on several charges, including harassment, false imprisonment and disorderly conduct.

Deputies later returned with Schmitt to his home north of Leadville and found five snakes native to the Southeastern United States, four of which were poisonous. Officers also discovered legal and illegal weapons in the home. The reptiles reportedly were taken to Denver and on to a zoo in Florida. Officials from Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms removed the illegal munitions to that agency’s Denver office, and the sheriff will turn over the legal firearms to Schmitt’s family.

Holte said Schmitt’s vehicle was located in Arizona. An autopsy done in Mexico revealed possible health problems and drug use, but the exact cause of death is uncertain, the sheriff said.

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