Fremont County

Fremont County authorities receiving tips in homicide investigation

Body of Thomas Gwardyak, 18, found Saturday

Authorities check out anonymous tips...

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. - Several anonymous tips have been received by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office in the two days since a man's body was found near Penrose.

The office is investigating the death of Thomas Gwardyak, 18, of Canon City, as a homicide.

"We're getting a couple a day, a handful of tips a day," said Sgt. Megan Richards.  "That's good.  People are feeling comfortable talking.  If you know something, say something."

Richards declined to reveal what specific information is provided in the tips.

Gwardyak was active on social media; he had 11 Facebook pages.  His last post--a picture of what appears to be his laptop computer--was on Thursday, two days before his body was found near Brush Hollow Reservoir.

On July 21, he posted a photo of himself.

Several comments Gwardyak posted on July 12 could be revealing in the investigation.  He criticized some of the townsfolk as being "fake and shady" and described the town as "beyond repair."

Gwardyak also wrote that he didn't have any friends.

But there were words of hope.  In another post on July 12, Gwardyak said he looked forward to starting his life because he was off probation and had no warrants for his arrest for the first time in several years.

"Our investigators will be talking with family and friends, and canvassing the area," Richards said.

The Fremont County Coroner's Office expects autopsy results later this week to explain how Gwardyak died.

Relatives have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for funeral expenses.


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