Human remains found in a plastic bag in Grand Junction, 19-year-old arrested, says GJPD

Police say the homicide occurred on Feb. 27
Brian Cohee II, 19, of Grand Junction
Brian Cohee II, 19, of Grand Junction(Grand Junction Police Department)
Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 12:49 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2021 at 9:12 AM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION Colo. (KJCT)- Brian Cohee II, 19, of Grand Junction has been arrested and is facing first-degree murder in connection to a homicide case that is currently under investigation by the Grand Junction Police Department.

Grand Junction Police say they were dispatched on March 1 to a residence where the reporting party stated they had found what was believed to be human remains inside a plastic bag.

Police say multiple search warrants were conducted, and human remains were found at one of the searched locations.

“An adult male (Cohee II) associated with one of the search addresses was taken into custody and transported to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for questioning,” says the Grand Junction Police Department. “It was later determined the suspect had committed the homicide near Crosby Avenue and Hwy 340, on February 27.”

Tuesday night, the Mesa County Coroner confirmed that the victim was 69-year-old Warren Barnes, a resident of Grand Junction.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. We will continue to update this article with any developments.

Cohee II is facing the following charges:

- Murder in the first degree (F1)

- Tampering with a deceased human body (F3)

- Tampering with physical evidence (F6)

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