Colorado Man Arrested In Florida After He’s Accused Of Setting Mother’s House On Fire, Killing Her: Cops

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Source: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

May 4 2022, Published 2:22 p.m. ET

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A man suspected of killing his mother in Colorado was taken into custody across the country in Florida, authorities said.

Around 3 a.m. on May 3, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that Matthew Harless Buchanan, 32, was in the area in a white Dodge Caravan, WPLG reported.

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Deputies issued an alert and located and detained Buchanan as well as a 50-year-old Daytona Beach woman, who was later released, at a 7-Eleven gas station in Plantation Key, the sheriff’s office said.

Buchanan is expected to be extradited to Colorado, where he faces charges that include arson and murder.

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Elizabeth Bjorlow, 59, died in a fire investigators believe her son, Buchanan, set at her home in Castle Rock on April 26.

A second person in the home at the time of the fire was treated and is expected to survive, according to the station.

Citing an application for a restraining order Bjorlow filed last summer, KUSA reported the document states Buchanan was diagnosed as “severely bipolar.”

“This incident has shaken our community,” Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley said.


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