OURAY COUNTY – The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office has issued arrest warrants for two individuals on possible child abuse related to unsanitary living conditions. The investigator on the ongoing case, Joel “B.B.” Burke, said he believes the two suspects have left Ouray County and are now living in Nevada, but due to the nature of the warrants, if caught they will not be expedited back to Ouray County.
Burke said the investigation began about a month ago after deputies were called to a residence off Highway 550 on information about abandoned dogs. Through the course of investigating that situation, evidence was uncovered revealing possible child abuse, he said.
The District Attorney’s office then issued warrants based on the child abuse findings and the neglect to animals.
“The evidence showed some unsanitary living conditions that were found,” Burke said in an interview on Tuesday. Although it has not been confirmed, Burke said he thinks the suspects had lived in the area for a year or two.
Burke said investigators have contacted Nevada’s child protective services and social services to follow up on the two children. However, the only way for an arrest to be made under the current investigation is if the two suspects returned to Ouray County and were apprehended here.
Ouray Sheriff Dominic “Junior” Mattivi told the Ouray Board of County Commissioners on Monday that his office has spent a lot of man hours on this particular investigation, in addition to being busy with a number of other cases. Recently, sheriff’s officers seized seven to 10 guns found in the home of a convicted felon, and fraud investigations are becoming more prevalent.
“We have been working real hard on our fraud cases,” Mattivi said. “They keep going up. I.D. fraud and check fraud. We are cranking them out as fast as we can.”