Arrest Made in Saguache County Homicide

12/08/2020—An arrest has been made in the Saguache homicide occurring in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 6, 2020.

Deputies with the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), with assistance from Colorado State Patrol troopers, arrested Donald Garcia (DOB: 07/31/1975) without incident in an abandoned camper in the town of Saguache, just after 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday December 8, 2020.

Garcia is being held at the Saguache County Jail without bond and faces a charge of first-degree murder. 

Incident Recap
On Sunday, just before 4:30 a.m., deputies with the SCSO were called to a home in the 800 block of Gunnison Avenue on a report of an injured Salida man who sustained what ultimately would become fatal injuries. The victim has been identified as Robert Turner Jr. (DOB: 09/14/1970).

Investigators are not releasing how Turner died, as this is part of the active investigation. Additionally, investigators believe this was an isolated incident and does not have any connection to the human remains case in Conejos County.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been requested to provide investigative and crime scene processing assistance.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office at 719-655-2544.

Garcia is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.