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Sheriff, CBI investigate possible homicide south of Cortez

The death of a man found dead in a camp trailer at 5603 U.S. Highway 491 is being investigated as a possible homicide, according to the Montezuma County Sheriff's Office.
Man discovered dead in camp trailer; injuries trigger homicide investigation

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are investigating a possible homicide after an injured man’s body was found south of Cortez.

On March 11, Alvin Cayatineto, 62, was found dead at his camp trailer at 5603 U.S. Highway 491, said Sheriff Steve Nowlin. Time of death is estimated to be March 9.

“That is when he was last seen alive,” Nowlin said.

Based on physical injuries, the death is being investigated as a possible homicide, he said.

No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing and involves “persons of interest,” Nowlin said.

Multiple search warrants have been obtained. Investigators were at the scene all day on Saturday.

An autopsy is expected to take place this week to determine the cause of death.

Cayatineto’s trailer was found on the property of CDL Trucking, where he worked, Nowlin said.

His body was discovered the evening of March 11 by family members checking in on him.

“They had not heard from him in a while,” Nowlin said

Cayatineto’s vehicle, a 2017 white Nissan Rogue, was not at his residence, and was involved in a hit-and-run crash March 9 on North Broadway in Cortez, Nowlin said. The driver was arrested and jailed, he said. His identity was not released.

This article will be updated as information becomes available.