Second set of remains ID'ed

Crime scene and Shayla Hammel. Graphic courtesy of KOAA.

Saguache woman was apparent victim

LOS SAUCES– The second of three sets of human remains discovered in Conejos County by law enforcement has been identified as Shayla Jenna Hammel, 34, of Saguache.

On Nov. 26, a family member first reported to the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office that Hammel was missing and had not been in contact with the family since late October.

The cause and manner of Ms. Hammel’s death has not been determined; however, investigators believe foul play was involved, and members of the task force are working to determine circumstances surrounding her death.

Adre Baroz, currently being held in the Alamosa County Jail on seven felony charges related to the death of Selena Esquibel, has not been charged in the death of Ms. Hammel. When asked for a comment, 12th Judicial District Attorney Bob Willett said he could not confirm anything related to Ms. Hammel other than what was stated in the press release.

On Dec. 5, a forensic odontologist identified the first set of human remains found in Conejos County as 38-year-old Robert Myron Martinez of Del Norte. On Nov. 6, a family member contacted the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office to report Martinez was missing, and they had not been in contact with Martinez since late October. Circumstances surrounding the death of Martinez have not been determined, and no charges have been filed in the case.

As stated in the CBI press release dated Dec. 29, “Law enforcement cannot comment on any other specific information or connection to the remains found in Conejos County due the status of the active investigation. Work continues to identify the other set of human remains located in Conejos County in November.”

That same press release went on to state “Anyone with information about Ms. Hammel or the other unidentified human remains is asked to call a designated tip line at 719-270-0210. There have been more than 60 tips reported since last month.”

Any charges against Mr. Baroz are merely an accusation, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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