Christopher Waide arrested on murder, sexual assault charge in Lea Chali Porter's disappearance

Additional search warrants sought

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Investigators have isolated a portion of a landfill as they continue the investigation into a missing 19-year-old and her suspected killer.

Additional search warrants were sought late Friday after evidence identifying other vehicles tied to suspect Christopher Adam Waide, 23, was found in his apartment, Westminster police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke told the Denver Post on Saturday.

Westminster police confirmed the portion of the landfill became a crime scene Friday afternoon. One location that Westminster police may search is the Allied Waste Services Tower Road Landfill at Tower Road and 88th Avenue in Commerce City, Spottke told our partners at the Post.

Earlier Friday, officers announced they arrested the last person to see 19-year-old Lea Chali Porter before her disappearance.

Christopher Waide, 23, was arrested in connection to the case and is being held in the Adams County Jail.

Jail records obtained by 7NEWS show he is being held for sexual assault and murder in the first degree - willful killing. He is being held without bond in the case due to the severity of the charges.

According to the Porter's family, Waide confessed to killing Porter.

Waide and Porter knew each other in high school and recently connected through Facebook, investigators said.  After becoming upset with her boyfriend, Porter left Pueblo and drove up to see Waide in Westminster.

Her car was found abandoned at Waide's apartment building and has been impounded. Waide initially told police that Porter left his apartment after receiving a phone call on the night of June 3.

Since then, Waide has posted several pictures and posters of Porter on his Facebook page, asking people to  help find her. His last post on June 9 said,  "Please Lea come back to us."

Then on Thursday, after being confronted by Porter's brother and boyfriend, Waide allegedly confessed to killing her and explained how he did it. Family members recorded the confession and gave it to police.

Waide was arrested late Thursday evening.

Westminster police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke told The Denver Post that Waide is cooperating with investigators and "is helping with finding the body."

"We have some good leads as to where Lea's at so we want to bring her home to her family," Spottke said.

Waide is scheduled to be in court on Monday.

 

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