Person of interest in murder of Colorado teen arrested in New Mexico

SAN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. - A man wanted as a person of interest out of Colorado in connection to a teen found dead near Brush Hollow Reservoir was captured in New Mexico on Thursday. 

Kevin Woodard was also wanted on a federal warrant for a supervised release violation and felon in possession of a firearm.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office saw Woodard near the river walk in Aztec. When the Sheriff's Office tried to talk to him, he ran. 

A perimeter was set up and a helicopter was released. 

With the help of the US Marshals, Aztec Police Department, New Mexico State Police and a K9 from Bloomfield Police Department, Kevin was taken into custody.

This is the third arrest made this week in the Thomas Gwardyak case. 

Tyler Delaney and Kayla Mattice were taken into custody on Wednesday following a pursuit through Fremont County, sending five officers to the hospital. 

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Delaney is facing a charge of 1st-degree murder. He is also looking at a 1st-degree attempted murder charge for firing a gun at officers during the pursuit. 

Mattice is facing a charge of accessory to 1st-degree murder.

Gwardyak's body was found on July 29. 


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