The body of a missing Colorado mother has been found in a shallow grave, leading authorities to believe she was murdered, KKTV reports.
Cheyenne Goins, 21, was reported missing on August 12 by her family. On Saturday, her remains were discovered in a remote area of Alamosa County in southern Colorado, according to the Denver Post.
The coroner has since ruled her death a homicide, although authorities have not released the manner of death — information that may be important in solving the killing, according to KKTV.
At least one person has been considered a person of interest in the case, however, that person is also dead. Lucas Salas Jr., 33, who was last seen with Goins, was shot and killed by police at the Thorncreek Golf Course in Thornton, Colorado, a suburb north of Denver, on Aug. 18, KDVR-TV reports.
“The suspect produced a firearm and shots were exchanged. The suspect was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced dead,” a police news release about Salas’ death states, according to KDVR-TV.
Goins’ family told KDVR-TV earlier this month that she was last seen at a bar socializing with friends in Alamosa, Colorado, on Aug. 8. Then she stopped communicating.
“As soon as we found out that she hadn’t been posting anything. We automatically knew that something happened,” her sister, Mandy Goins-Gonzales, told the television station.
Family members of Goins, who has a 3-year-old son, said she loved to sing and dance.
No arrests have been made yet in connection with Goins’ death. To report information about the case, call the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office at 719-589-5807.
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to our latest episode below.
[Feature Photo: Cheyenne Goins/Facebook/Facebook]