Cole Pollard located, arrested, will likely face homicide charges |

Cole Pollard located, arrested, will likely face homicide charges

Matt Stensland
Authorities located Cole Pollard in the Trappers Lake area in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.
Tom Ross

— Cole Pollard has been taken into custody, and Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said Pollard will likely face charges related to the death of Patricia Richmond.

Pollard’s truck was found Tuesday night above Trappers Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, Pollard was located.

“Pollard appeared to be in good health and was taken into custody without any resistance,” a news release stated.

Wiggins said Pollard has been “very cooperative, so far ” with law enforcement.

Pollard was found in Garfield County and is being returned to Routt County.

Wiggins said that, on Tuesday, an arrest warrant was issued for Pollard. The initial charges were related to burglary.

The District Attorney’s Office will determine the official charges.

The motive for the crime was still unclear Wednesday.

Wiggins said neighbors saw Pollard’s truck at the house where Richmond was found. Wiggins said items were missing from the house, including guns.

About 7:15 p.m. Monday, emergency responders were called to a report of a woman who was discovered tied up and lying face down at the home on Lupine Trail in the small, scenic community. She was not breathing and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The home in the Elk Ridge subdivision is owned by Amy and Russell West.

A family member discovered the woman after coming home from work.

Richmond, a 2010 Soroco High School graduate, was engaged to Keith West, 24, who was at the crime scene while deputies were investigating. The Wests are longtime residents, and Keith West graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 2009.

Wiggins said Pollard is a distant cousin of Keith West, and they believed Pollard was staying with grandparents in Routt County.

The search for Pollard began after a citizen located his car.

“I want to personally thank all the assisting law enforcement agencies for their unselfish offer of assistance and help,” Wiggins said in the news release. “I owe a special thanks to all the concerned citizens who provided accurate information which allowed us to focus our attention and bring this unfortunate incident to a close. I would be remiss if I failed to thank the various media companies for assistance in getting information out to the public.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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