FORT MORGAN - Human remains found on June 27 in a rural area north of Fort Morgan have been positively identified as Kayla Chadwick, a Fort Morgan teen who was reported missing on March 28, 2012.
The remains found in the 19500 block of Morgan County Road W were identified through DNA analysis on Wednesday by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The location where they were found is about a mile east of Highway 52 and the Fort Morgan Municipal Airport.
The remains were discovered through information obtained in an ongoing investigation of the events on the night Chadwick was reported missing. Because the investigation is ongoing, the details of that information cannot be disclosed at this time.
"Obviously it has been one of the more complex and comprehensive cases that we've had," Lieutenant Jared Crone of the Fort Morgan Police Department said. "I don't think a week has gone by that we didn't have some kind of information or at least a direction we've taken with the case."
A few weeks ago investigators got the break in the case they were hoping for.
"More recently, in the last few weeks we've had some people that have passed on some information to us that has led us to Kayla's remains," Lieutenant Crone said.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation used DNA to confirm the remains found were those of Kayla Chadwick.
While Kayla has been found, no arrests have been made in the case.
"The information that we received right from the very beginning was that Kayla and her boyfriend at the time, Ivan (Torralba) got into an argument. As far as we know he was the last one to see her, so that is one direction we've had to take it, but we're obviously open minded as to exactly what has happened," said Lieutenant Crone said.
The cause of death remains unknown.
The Fort Morgan Police Department continues its investigation with the assistance of the 13th Judicial District Attorney's Office, CBI and the Morgan County Coroner's Office. The Morgan County Sheriff's Office and Denver FBI has also been assisting with the investigation.
Kayla Chadwick's parents have been advised of the positive identification.
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