Arrest made in Death Investigation



Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators have made an arrest related to the death of an adult female found after a fire at a Grand Junction residence. 

Kellan Hoyt, 33, was arrested Wednesday night and is facing the following charges: Murder in the First Degree (F1), First Degree Arson (F3), Tampering with a Deceased Human Body (F3), Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6), and Second Degree Assault with Intent to Cause Bodily Injury by Strangulation (F4).

Hoyt is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond information, click here

At approximately 4:15 Wednesday afternoon, the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at a home on 29 1/2 Road near Parkway Drive. After the fire was extinguished, a person was found inside deceased under suspicious circumstances.

Approximately 10 minutes after the initial report of the fire, Grand Junction Regional Communication Center received a 911 call with information about a person that may have been involved in the incident. The person, identified as Kellan Hoyt, was contacted by deputies at a residence in the 3100 block of Covey Avenue and taken into custody. 

The Mesa County Coroner's Office is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death as well as release the identity of the deceased once next of kin is notified. 

This remains an ongoing investigation. All documents in the case have been sealed by the court. 

If anyone has information about this case, please call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

For previous information released about this case, click here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 4:15pm

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