Hammel remains identified

CONEJOS COUNTY —The second set of human remains located on a Conejos County property in November has been identified.

A Forensic Odonatologist assisting task force investigators identified the second set of the human remains recovered as Shayla Jenna Hammel (11/3/86) of Saguache. Hammel was reported missing to the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 26, 2020. A family member reported they had not been in contact with Ms. Hammel since late October.

Investigators contacted the family of Ms. Hammel to make the official notification of her death.
The task force has not determined the cause and manner of death; however, investigators believe foul play was involved.

With the remains of Ms. Hammel identified, members of the task force are currently working to determine the circumstances surrounding her death. Adre Baroz, who is currently being held in the Alamosa County Jail on unrelated charges, has not been charged in the death of Ms. Hammel. Law enforcement cannot comment on any other specific information or connection to the remains found in Conejos County due the status of the active investigation. Work continues to identify the other set of human remains located in Conejos County in November.

Anyone with information about Ms. Hammel or the other unidentified human remains located in Conejos County is asked to call a designated tip line at 719-270-0210. There have been more than 60 tips reported since last month.

A Forensic Odonatologist identified the first set of the human remains recovered as Myron Robert Martinez (DOB: 11/15/1982) of Del Norte earlier this month.

No further updates will be provided, as this remains an active investigation. The charges against Mr. Baroz are merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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