Footprints stir renewed suspect search in Mack

A landowner’s discovery of footprints has the Mesa County Sheriff Department’s search and rescue team working in Mack.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said roughly a dozen searchers were dispatched to the area after a report, received over the past 24 hours, of footprints on a property near R and 10 roads, close to the same area where two men fled from a stolen vehicle after crashing it there Feb. 21. Whether or not the prints were related to the case wasn’t clear, she said.

“We wanted to look at this, and while we’re out there look for more evidence,” Benjamin said.

Authorities at a press conference Tuesday said a second man, believed to have fled from 2008 Dodge Nitro, may have left the area. His counterpart, 32-year-old German Martinez-Riveria of Los Angeles, was arrested the night Feb. 21.

Martinez-Riveria was arrested near the home of Marlo Lovoi, who reported numerous vehicles from the sheriff’s department today moving along 10 Road. Lovoi said in the days after the incident, she wouldn’t let her children walk to the bus stop alone.

“It’s Mack,” Lovoi said. “The worst thing that happens is coyotes.”


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