Update: From the beginning, John Marks Jr. was the top suspect in the death of his common-law wife, Kathy Adams, better known as Psychic Kay, whose body was found near an Estes Park ravine.
But now, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office has formalized the search for Marks, issuing an arrest warrant in his name. See a new surveillance photo and get more information below:
As noted by the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the LCSO hasn't made the warrant public, due to the ongoing investigation. However, a new photo of Marks has been made available:
Investigators have also confirmed that the warrant describes the charge against Marks as second-degree murder. Here's the LCSO release, followed by our original item:
Arrest Warrant Obtained for John Marks Jr.
Based on evidence gathered since the disappearance of Kathy Adams, Larimer County Sheriff's Office investigators have obtained an Arrest Warrant for John Marks Jr. The Warrant is for the charge of Murder in the Second Degree, a class 2 Felony.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office continues to ask members of the public who may have information on Mr. Marks' whereabouts to contact them at 970-416-1985, call their local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.
Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time and no additional comment regarding the warrant will be made.
Original item, 1:30 p.m. October 26: Kathy Adams was known in Northern Colorado as Psychic Kay, a professional seer. For her sake, let's hope she didn't have a premonition about her own sad ending. A body found in a ravine near Estes Park over the weekend was identified as Adams, who's been missing since October 12. Meanwhile, authorities are eager to question John Marks, Jr., her common-law husband, who's gone, too.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan quotes members of Adams's family describing the pairing between Psychic Kay and Marks as "tumultuous" -- a loaded word under these circumstances. Adams is said to have died from blunt-force wounds.
Look below to see photos of Adams and Marks, as well as two releases from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the first of which states "there is no indication that this incident is related to any open LCSO cases." The assertion soon proved incorrect.
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Larimer County Sheriff's Office releases:
Body Found in Larimer County
At approximately 11:08 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010, Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to an area of Highway 36 near the border of Boulder County on a report of something laying in a ravine off the road. Upon closer inspection deputies determined it to be a body. The gender of the body was not immediately determined.
LCSO investigators and the Larimer County Coroner responded to the scene. At this time there is no indication that this incident is related to any open LCSO cases.
The body was transported to the Larimer County Coroner's office who will determine the identification of the body and cause of death.
No further information is available at this time.
Missing Person Update
The Larimer County Coroner has released the identification of the decedent found near Estes Park on October 23, 2010 as that of Kathy Adams, age 57, who was reported missing on October 12, 2010. The Coroner has ruled her death to be homicide.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation into this incident. At this time no further statement is being issued.
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