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A Colorado woman was reported missing for month, then her remains were found. Now, three face murder charges.

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Jan. 3 2022, Published 4:50 p.m. ET

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Three suspects from Wyoming are accused of killing a Colorado woman whose body was found nearly two months after she went missing, authorities said.

The 29-year-old victim, who police have not yet publicly identified, was last seen alive on Nov. 6 in Aurora, Colorado, where she was reportedly kidnapped.

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According to Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit investigators, a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu was spotted in the area a day later.

Investigators connected the Malibu to two men and a woman — Casey Childers, 39, Leo VanBuskirk, 23, and Shantel Edlund, 43 — and seized the vehicle.

On Dec. 29, officers in Sheridan, Wyoming, arrested Childers, VanBuskirk and Edlund on unrelated charges, and detectives from the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit traveled to Wyoming to interview the three about the missing woman.

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On Dec. 31, the victim’s body was found in Douglas County, Colorado. She appeared to have been shot to death, police said.

Childers, VanBuskirk and Edlund are being held in the Sheridan County Detention Center and face first-degree kidnapping and possible murder charges, according to KMGH-TV.

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.


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