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Authorities believe bodies found in Weld County Friday are kidnap victims

9:53 PM, Feb 7, 2014   |    comments
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FREDERICK - Two bodies found in Weld County have been presumptively identified as a woman and her adult daughter who disappeared Thursday night.

Deputies began looking for Sherri Pachello, 56, and her daughter, Alisha Johns, 36, Thursday night in Frederick.

The suspect - Cimmeron Johns, 37, the younger victim's estranged husband - is still on the loose. A car matching the description of the car Johns' was seen leaving in, a gold Ford Explorer, was found at 10200 Ura Lane in Thornton later Friday evening.

Thornton police have surrounded an apartment complex near where the car was found. Police have not said if the operation is related to the Weld County case. Witnesses say the heard several gunshots coming from one of the units.

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The bodies were found Friday morning. The first body was found by a surveyor in or near irrigation canals off Weld County Road 17, between CR 4 and CR 6.

Two hours later, as Weld County Sheriff's Deputies were continuing to search the immediate area, another female body was found in the area.

"We do not have a positive ID of the two bodies found so we can't positively connect this to the kidnapping. But, we think [they are,]" the sheriff's office said.

The bodies found had trauma to them, making it difficult to identify.

Authorities say Alisha Johns went to her husband's home Thursday and Pachello went to get her. Authorities say Pachello later called her husband saying her SUV was being chased by a car.

Witnesses told the deputies that the two women were being chased by Cimmeron Johns.

"He does have a lengthy criminal history and based off of the most recent assault of his wife, we do believe he's a dangerous individual," said Bureau Chief Steve Reams with the Weld County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say Cimmeron John's car was found wrecked and abandoned. The Ford Explorer found in Thornton belongs to Alisha Johns.



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