New evidence in disappearance of Kayla Chadwick of Fort Morgan; boyfriend arrested on bond violation
Chadwick missing since March 2012
Last Updated: 163 days ago
FORT MORGAN, Colo. - The 15-month investigation into the disappearance of Fort Morgan teen Kayla Chadwick has heated up recently as police say they have found new evidence in the case and they also have rearrested Chadwick's boyfriend and arrested his mother.
The 17-year-old Chadwick was last seen on March 28, 2012 in the 19500 block of County Road R.7, the location of the home of her boyfriend, 19-year-old Ivan Torralba. Police have said that Chadwick disappeared on the night she had an argument with Torralba. The two were senior classmates at Fort Morgan High School.
In November 2012, a grand jury indicted Torralba for perjury, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant.
Authorities have said the boyfriend is accused of giving false testimony to a grand jury and evidence tampering in the investigation about Chadwick's disappearance. But he's not charged with committing a crime against Chadwick.
Fort Morgan Police Lt. Jared Crone told 7NEWS police can't discuss details of Torralba's alleged violations or the investigation into Chadwick's disappearance because they don't want to harm the case and the law requires that grand jury investigations be conducted in secret.
On the night of June 18, police were executing a search warrant at the Torralba family home in connection with the Chadwick investigation.
While at the home, police rearrested Torralba -- who was free on $75,000 bond -- because he was found to be in possession of marijuana and he is under age 21, the minimum age a person can legally possess pot under Colorado law, Crone said. The drug charge violated Torralba's bond conditions and he remains in Logan County Jail after a judge boosted his bond to $250,000.
Police also arrested Ivan Torralba's mother, 46-year-old Lucila Torralba, on charges that she committed perjury while testifying before the grand jury and for attempting to influence a public servant. She is free on bond.
In late June, 13th Judicial District Attorney Brittny Lewton obtained a protection order barring any contact between Lucila Torralba and her son, according to the Sterling Journal-Advocate.
A recent Fort Morgan police statement said investigators over the past several weeks have "collected a variety of items in areas that are being treated as possible crime scenes related to the disappearance of then-17-year-old Kayla Chadwick."
"There's been new tips and information and interviews that we've conducted that have led us to search areas" and this led to the new evidence, Crone told 7NEWS.
Crone said police issued the statement last week to quell inaccurate rumors in the community about the Chadwick investigation.
One Fort Morgan resident called 7NEWS Monday night to report that Chadwick's body had been recovered from a retention pond. However, Morgan County Coroner Don Heer said, "There's an investigation going on, but we have not recovered a body."
Aside from the Torralba home, Crone wouldn't say where police have conducted other recent searches. But he did say the searches "were not at specific address locations," suggesting investigators might be searching outdoor areas.
Crone said police have given what they consider new evidence to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis. He added that the FBI, which is assisting in the Chadwick case, may also be asked to analyze the items.
Crone stressed that, despite the 15 months that have passed since Chadwick disappeared, police don't consider it a "cold case."
"We've never stopped working on this case," Crone said.
He said police can't begin to calculate the hours investigators have amassed investigating every lead in the teen's disappearance.
"We done at a minimum 200 reports in the last 15 months…Every single thing we've ever heard (about Chadwick's disappearance) we do a report on," Crone said.
Chadwick is 5-feet 5-inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. She had long, red hair with black tips.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Fort Morgan Police Department at 970-867-5678.
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