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Woman found dead in fire under 'mysterious circumstances,' murder suspect arrested

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Sep. 24 2021, Published 3:41 p.m. ET

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A Colorado woman was found dead in a fire and police say they have charged a man in connection to her murder.

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Kellan Hoyt, 33, was arrested on Sept. 22 and charged with first-degree murder, arson, tampering with a deceased human body, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury by strangulation, according to Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

On Sept. 22, the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at a home in Mesa County, Colorado.

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After the fire was put out, a woman was found inside deceased under “suspicious circumstances,” according to Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

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About 10 minutes after the initial report of the fire, police received a 911 call with information about a person that may have been involved, according to Mesa County Sheriff's Office. That person was later identified as Hoyt, but police did not say why the caller suspected him of being involved.

Hoyt was contacted by deputies at his residence and taken into custody. Hoyt is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility.

The identity of the victim has not been released and a cause of death has not yet been determined.


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