Park County Sheriff seeking info on persons of interest in January decapitation
(Cody, Wyo.) – The investigation into the Little Sand Coulee homicide is progressing as deputies continue to follow leads in the case, working cooperatively with agencies both in and outside of Park County. Juan Antonio Guerra Torres’ body was found on January 9, 2014 by a 40-year-old Cody resident who was hunting ducks in the Little Sand Coulee area with his son. It was located on Little Sand Coulee Road approximately 1.5 miles west of Highway 294 east of Clark. He had been shot multiple times. The body was also decapitated and severely mutilated post mortem, missing the left arm at the shoulder.
As part of the investigation, deputies have been working closely with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Tulare County (California) Sheriff’s Office where the deceased was known to live, splitting time between there and Park County. Working with the Rocky Mountain Information Network – a regional information-sharing network for law enforcement, the sheriff’s office is soliciting information on several “persons of interest” both here and in Tulare County.
“Guerra-Torres was reportedly with a female, identified as Sandra Garcia, in close proximity to the time of his death.” said Sheriff Scott Steward. “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.”
Garcia is being called the “significant other” of Guerra-Torres by those who knew them. Steward also said his agency is asking for information on individuals possibly going by the nicknames of “Crocodile” or “Don Cheto.” These two individuals might also have been with the victim near the time of his death.
Steward also commented that his investigators have visited both Washington State and California to interview family and friends of the victim as well as family of additional persons of interest. Steward declined to identify any additional persons of interest in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation. He did however, say that all of them have since left the state of Wyoming but their movements are being monitored.
Sheriff’s deputies will continue to aggressively pursue this investigation with primary focus on bringing his killers to justice. Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is encouraged to come forward by contacting the Park County Communications Center at 307-527-8700. Any information provided will remain confidential.
–Provided by the Park County Sheriff’s Office