FOUNTAIN, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the murder of two teenagers in El Paso County.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Gustavo Marquez, 19, was taken into custody Sunday evening in connection with the double homicide.READ MORE: No More Face Mask Mandate In Douglas County Schools After Board Vote
Derek Greer, 15, and Natalie Partida, 16, were reportedly best friends from Colorado Springs, and both students at Coronado High School.
On March 12, a passerby discovered their bodies in Fountain near Pikes Peak International Raceway off Old Pueblo Road.
“Deputies arrived on scene and confirmed that a male and female were lying on the shoulder of the road deceased,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: The Mountains Will Measure Snow In Feet, Denver Will Be Lucky To Get An Inch
According to the sheriff’s office, Marquez was arrested on the charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and child abuse resulting in death.
Marquez is being held at the Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs without bond.
It’s not clear if anybody else was involved in the murders.
According to Colorado court records, Fountain police arrested Marquez in a separate case on Feb. 24 on suspicion of kidnapping, assault and child abuse. In that case, Marquez was granted $5,000 bond three days later on Feb. 27. Court records indicate he posted bond the same day.
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Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 719-520-6666 or 719-520-7777.