Man sought in deaths of Montrose couple

Photo by William Woody—Officers talk to people Tuesday at Blair’s Truck Stop during the search for Ryan Peterson, whom they want to question in the deaths of a Montrose couple whose bodies were found in their home Monday.

Ryan Craig Peterson

MONTROSE— Authorities searched Tuesday for a man wanted for questioning in the deaths of a Montrose couple.

The bodies of Kama Ellouise Sanburg, 49, and Scott Michael Clarke, 34, were found Monday morning in a home at 16378 6030 Road. Authorities have offered little information about what happened, other than saying Ryan Craig Peterson, 20, is a person of interest in the investigation.

At the Blair’s Truck Stop on the east side of town, officers and deputies made contact with people they hoped could provide information about Peterson.

“They’re running down every little detail, and that’s what they have been working on all day, and so far no positive results,” Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn said.

Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap on Monday said Peterson, 20, is believed to have been at the residence the day or night of the deaths. Dunlap did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Tuesday it believed Peterson, a Montrose resident, was still in the area. It described Peterson as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 136 pounds, with green eyes and short brown hair.

The Montrose County Coroner’s office said the manner of Sanburg and Clarke’s deaths was unknown, pending results from an autopsy Tuesday.

A 911 call from Sanburg’s son was made from the 6030 Road residence at 7:58 a.m. Monday, according to Dunlap. Deputies arrived to find the couple’s bodies, and Sanburg’s son distraught. There were no signs of forced entry, Dunlap said Monday at the scene.

“We just want to talk to this person (Peterson) to establish a time line,” Dunlap said then.

The Sheriff’s Department said Peterson is named in four unrelated warrants alleging failure to appear on a traffic offense, failure to comply with probation, trespass of an auto with the intent to commit a felony and driving under restraint.

Sanburg’s red flatbed pickup was reported missing from the residence and was impounded by the Sheriff’s Department after it was found Monday night in an alley between the 800 and 900 blocks near North Park Avenue.

Montrose resident Alan Vigil said he heard a truck pull into the alley between 11 a.m. and noon Monday and thought nothing of it. He said he later saw it was a red flatbed pickup and that it remained in the alley until law enforcement officials hauled it away late Monday night.

Vigil said he could not identify the person driving the truck. He said sheriff’s deputies flooded the area and impounded the vehicle Monday night.

Anyone with information about Peterson or this case is asked to call the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department at 252-4020 or 249-6606.


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