Girls found murdered in San Miguel County; may have been dead for weeks

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NORWOOD, Colo. (KMGH) - The bodies of two young girls believed to have been murdered weeks ago were found Friday morning on a San Miguel County farm, according to the sheriff's office.

San Miguel County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men and two women in connection with the homicide investigation occurring on the property outside Norwood. Their names have yet to be released.

Deputies are looking for a fifth suspect, Nashika Bramble. She was last seen Wednesday morning hitchhiking in the small San Miguel County town 35 miles west of Telluride.

Two of the four suspects -- a man and a woman -- are Haitian nationals. The other two suspects arrested Friday are U.S. residents, according to Susan Lilly, a spokesperson for the San Miguel County Sherriff's Office.

Investigators believe the girls, who appear to be approximately 5 to 10 years of age, were killed at least two weeks before the gruesome discovery by deputies Friday morning. Sheriff investigators were searching the property after receiving a tip about the deaths, Lilly told Denver7.

“In my 37 years as sheriff, I have never seen anything as cruel and heartless as this,” San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said in a news release.

Masters declined to release any other details surrounding the investigation when contacted by Denver7. However, his office plans to reveal more Saturday, including the suspects’ names.

The victims' identities and cause of death will be released by the San Miguel County Coroner's Office. But it's not clear when that report will be available.

Images from the scene show crime tape stretched across a dirt road that leads to the remote farm. Investigators were seen outside the property walk past fence posts adorned with signs that read "BEWARE OF THE DOG," and "PRIVATE PROPERTY."

The four suspects are each facing several charges, including second-degree murder, criminally negligent homicide and felony child abuse causing death.

Bramble is wanted on charges of second-degree murder. Sherriff investigators are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call 970-728-1911.

Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are assisting the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

Norwood’s population is just under 500 and sits near the Montrose County line.

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