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Homicide victim found in concrete at Adams County apartment complex

Russell Montoya, Jr., 38, was arrested for first- degree murder.

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — Personnel with the Adams County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) have found the body of a homicide victim in concrete at an apartment complex, according to a release from the agency.

Detectives with ACSO received a report from the Arvada Police Department Thursday regarding a possible homicide that happened at 7899 York St. in unincorporated Adams County. The sheriff's office said the victim, only identified as an adult man, was likely killed nearly a week prior, on Nov. 8. 

Detectives began to investigate and obtained a search warrant for an apartment at that address. Russell Montoya, Jr., 38,  was taken into custody there, according to the sheriff's office.

Credit: Adams County Sheriff's Office
Russell Montoya, Jr.

After searching the apartment and talking with witnesses, detectives determined a shooting and homicide had occurred in the apartment. The victim has only been identified as a man from the Denver metro area.

The sheriff's office announced later Friday that members of their Crime Scene and Laboratory Team had been processing the crime scene and found the victim's body in concrete in the basement of the apartment. They removed the body in cooperation with the coroner's office.

Montoya is being held at the Adams County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

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