Arrest in Birgfeld case

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Mesa County Sheriff-elect Matt Lewis, who heads the Sheriff’s Department complex crimes unit, speaks Friday afternoon at a news conference about circumstantial and direct evidence connecting the suspect with Paige Birgfeld’s 2007 kidnapping and murder.

Frank Birgfeld got the news from a reporter.
Colorado Public Safety Director Stan Hilkey was in a meeting in Denver on Friday morning and got a text message.
Sheriff-elect Matt Lewis was checking email when word came from Undersheriff Rusty Callow.
About 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Stateline Trucking, 2175 H Road, 63-year-old Lester Ralph Jones pulled up in a company truck after a multi-day stretch in the gas patch, headed for home. He was greeted in the parking lot by uniformed deputies and told there was a warrant for his arrest.
He asked no questions and said nothing, according to Lewis.


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