A missing Larimer County woman was likely killed in her bedroom and then wrapped in a blanket and duct tape, according to court documents obtained by 7NEWS.
Kathy Adams' body was found on the side of Highway 36 near Pinewood Springs on Oct. 23, 13 days after she was reported missing.
Adams' common-law husband, John Marks Jr., was arrested late last week at a Loveland area motel. Hes being held for investigation of second degree murder. His bond has been set at $1 million.
Marks' arrest affidavit states that investigators found broken glass at the back door of her house at 2920 1/2 East Mulberry when they went to check on her welfare on Oct. 10. When they entered the house, they didnt find anyone inside, but they did find an 8-foot by 10-foot section of carpet had been cut out and removed from one of the bedrooms.
The documents also state that investigators smelled a strong odor of bleach and found what appeared to be a blood spatter on a closet door in the same room.
Read John Marks Jr.'s arrest affidavit. Note: this document contains some profane language.
After finding no one home, they left the house and contacted Adams' sister, Diane, who told them that Kathy had a very tumultuous relationship with her husband.
Diane said the last time she spoke with Kathy was on Oct. 7.
She said at that time Kathy told her she was going to leave Marks and asked for help getting to Georgia.
According to the arrest affidavit, Kathy's niece, Tammy Adams, told investigators that she was on the phone with Kathy on Oct. 8, when Marks came home. Tammy told investigators that Kathy attempted to hang up quickly, but before she did, Tammy heard Marks yell, Im going to f***ing kill you. What the f*** are you doing?
Authorities obtained a search warrant for the home and investigators performed forensic tests designed to illuminate trace amounts of blood.
They said the tests revealed areas where blood was cleaned up with a towel or rag. It revealed the presence of blood around the washing machine and around some sink drains.
During the execution of that warrant, investigators seized many items used for cleaning. They took bleach, Awesome Floor Cleaner, Ultra Oxygen Cleaner, a floor mop and a bucket.
Upon completion of the search warrant, the home was released to the landlord/owner since Adams and Marks could not be located and were late in paying $5,000 rent, which included back rent.
According to the affidavit, authorities also spoke with Marks' grown son, Adam, who stated that his father and Kathy Adams bought a used vehicle about three weeks prior. He described it as a late 1980s model Buick.
Authorities later located a light-colored, 1995 Buick sedan in the parking lot of a motel in Firestone, using cell phone triangulation that gave them the last approximate location that Marks' cell phone was used.
After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found paper towels, air fresheners, a box of 55-gallon garbage bags, open boxes of Arm & Hammer baking soda and a pair of work gloves in the car.
On Wednesday, Oct. 13, investigators viewed surveillance video from the hotel (Comfort Suites) which showed an adult male matching the description of Marks checking into the same motel. That video showed the man wearing gloves.
Authorities said the clerk told them the man paid with cash, did not provide an identification card and registered under the name Vinnie Delabo.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, a resident who lives on east highway 36 near Pinewood Springs called the Larimer County sheriff to report that he had discovered something suspicious.
Authorities determined that the item was a body wrapped in a decorative blanket, secured with silver tape.
The coroner identified the remains as those of Kathy Adams and said she died of blunt force trauma and manual strangulation.
On Sunday, Oct. 24, authorities asked the landlord for permission to reenter the house.
They recovered a window covering with the same type of design that was on the blanket used to wrap the body. They also found duct tape and gloves matching the gloves found in the trunk of the Buick. Authorities also recovered a Walmart bag.
On Oct. 25, a criminalist with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation contacted Sheriffs investigators and told them they found a wrapper for duct tape in the bag and another Walmart receipt. The receipt was for tape, gloves, motor oil and knife blades.
The investigators went to the Walmart and obtained surveillance video showing an adult male matching the description of Marks making the purchase They observed him arriving and leaving in a light-colored Buick.
The gloves he was observed purchasing matched the gloves found in the execution of the search warrant of the vehicle. The tape he purchased matched the general type of tape found securing Adams' body.
7NEWS Reporter Jaclyn Allen spoke to Adam's sister, Debbie Mitchell, on the phone.
The funeral was in Atlanta today, and the casket had to be closed because of the condition of the body, said Mitchell.
"I hope they give him what he's got coming to him, but it won't bring Kathy back," she said.