ADAMS COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4)– A Thornton man has been arrested in Washington state for the murder of a missing woman from Commerce City. Gregory Thomas was arrested in Washington several days after the victim’s body was found in a storage unit.
On May 20, MPs responded to the installation of a storage unit in the 8700 block of Devonshire Boulevard after the discovery of human remains. When deputies arrived, they found the body of a deceased adult in a large trash can inside the storage unit.
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The next day, detectives served a search warrant on Thornton at the storage unit tenant’s residence. A search revealed an additional crime scene and additional evidence.
With the help of the Adams County coroner, it was determined that the victim had been shot dead.
Detectives have developed a prime suspect, Gregory Thomas, 36, of Thornton. They determined he fled to Washington state after the deceased victim was found.
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On June 6, Thomas was located at an RV park in Lynden, Wash., And was arrested on a pending parole offense warrant outside Colorado. He was then extradited to Colorado and on June 28 he was arrested for manslaughter while in custody at the Adams County Detention Center.
Thomas confessed to shooting the woman but claimed it was in self-defense, according to an arrest affidavit. In an interview with detectives, Thomas said he met the woman at an escort site and they agreed to live and work together to “commit white collar crimes”. At one point, Thomas said the woman asked him to kill his brother.
Thomas claimed he shot the woman after she pointed a gun at him and accused him of lying about the crimes they had agreed he would commit. Thomas told detectives he never intended to commit the crimes and used fake numbers to send himself messages to fake progress.
“Gregory left her on the ground for a while,” the affidavit reads. âHe thought about calling the police, but all he could think about was that he would be in trouble and go to jail.
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The affidavit states that Gregory bought the trash can and rented the storage unit to hide the woman’s body. He faces charges, including first degree murder, of tampering with a deceased human body.