Denver police believe they've found the remains of missing Aurora teen Kenia Monge at a makeshift grave in Weld County."A positive identification and cause of death are still pending and will be released with the results of the coroners report," read a joint statement from Denver Police and the Denver District Attorney's Office.Denver police cordoned off an acre underneath a cluster of trees, located just south of Interstate 76, between Hudson and Keenesburg, between the highway and the railroad tracks. Officers set up a red tent underneath the trees and investigators were digging in that area most of the day Wednesday.By Wednesday evening, a body had been pulled out from the shallow grave.A source told 7NEWS that investigators were led to the remote location by Travis Forbes, the last person known to see Monge alive. The source said Forbes agreed to lead investigators to the grave in return for the district attorney taking the death penalty off the table.Forbes has not been charged with Monge's death but had earlier defined himself as a "suspect."This is not the first time Denver officers have searched in Keenesburg. On April 8, officers were searching the roads near a Keenesburg landfill. Police never said for what they were searching and if they found anything.Monge's family were the first to break the news to the public, even while officers were still digging.Earlier in the day, Monge's stepfather reported on the family's Facebook page that police have told him that her body had been found.On the family's Help Us Find Kenia Facebook page, Monge's stepfather, Tony Lee, wrote, "With great great sadness, I have to report to you that Denver police has called me and they believe they have found Kenia. I do not have any more info at this time. The news channels have already picked this up that is why I'm telling you now ... they are telling me she has passed."
Kenia Monge Disappeared April 1; Travis Forbes Still Not Named As Suspect
Monge disappeared on April 1. The 19-year-old Cherry Creek High School graduate left her cellphone, purse and car keys in a downtown Denver nightclub and had abandoned her friends.Forbes has been questioned in the Monge case but has not been officially named a suspect.Forbes admitted to giving her a ride from the club, but he said he dropped her off at a gas station off Speer Boulevard and Pennsylvania Street.Police learned of Forbes after he texted Monge's cellphone the evening after she disappeared. The text message read, "Hey, this is Travis, the guy who gave you a ride last night, white creepy van :) did you get home okay?"Investigators have searched his Denver workplace, Deby's Bakery and Cafe, and his white van, according to a search warrant affidavit.
The bakery owner, Monica Poole, told police that she found the security system turned off the night Monge disappeared. The owner said the video showed Forbes turning the security camera off, the affidavit said. The owner said he was wearing what appeared to be a latex glove up to his elbow.An employee of a neighboring business told police that he saw two or three men standing behind the bakery on the night of April 1, burning materials in a 55-gallon barrel, the affidavit said.Police took a yellow rubber glove and a metal barrel into evidence, the warrant stated.Forbes is currently in a Larimer County Detention Center accused of attacking and sexually assaulting a different woman and setting her Fort Collins apartment on fire on July 4. The victim escaped the fire by jumping out of a second-floor window. She suffered critical injuries from the assault, the jump and the fire, but survived. Forbes is facing several attempted murder charges.
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Crime scene investigators dig at a spot along I-76, between Hudson and Keenesburg.