MONTROSE – Ridgway man Jeremy Hodges has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder of Montrose drifter Steven Kublin.
On Nov. 9, 2006 a bicyclist discovered the burned body of Kublin on a trail near the Montrose County landfill. According to the coroner at the time, it was obvious that it was a brutal homicide. Investigators were able to identify the victim as 50-year-old Kublin through fingerprints. The case remained unsolved for 17 months.
Then on Monday May 19, Ouray County Sheriff’s deputies assisted the Montrose Sheriff’s Department in the arrest of 27-year-old Jeremy Hodges. Ouray County Sheriff Dominic “Junior” Mattivi said, “My deputies assisted in his arrest. He was pulled over on County Road 12, and taken into custody with no incident.”
Following the arrest, Montrose Sheriff Rick Dunlap and District Attorney Myrl Serra addressed the media at a press conference held at the Montrose County Sheriff’s office. They disclosed that about six weeks ago, an unidentified informant came forth with information that pointed to Hodges. Montrose County Sheriff’s department investigators, with the help of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Montrose police, were able to secure a search warrant for Hodge’s arrest.
Hodges made his first court appearance on the Tuesday following the arrest. No information is being disclosed about the case or about Hodges ties to the victim. Kublin was described as a free-spirited traveler with no permanent residence or regular job. He tended to move from place to place to find work.
Court records have been sealed and formal charges have yet to be filed. In court, Serra said they still have some investigating to do and would need more time to come up with the appropriate charges.
Formal charges are due by June 12, and more information could be released at that time. Hodges is being held without bond.