The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help in gathering information regarding a homicide victim who was found over the weekend near Johnstown, as well a missing potential second victim who is believed to be alive.

According to a post via the Weld County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, WCSO officials first began investigating the homicide at about 12:45 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 21); deputies had initially responded to a report of a suspicious death in the 23600 block of Blake Street in unincorporated Weld County outside of Johnstown.

The victim, who has been positively identified as 40-year-old Gilbert Gutierrez was found deceased and reportedly suffered from blunt force trauma.

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A Second Victim Identified

During the investigation into the death of Gibert Gutierrez, detectives with the Weld County Sheriff's Office received information regarding a potential second victim, who has since been recognized as 26-year-old Oscar Eduardo Valles Avila (pictured below).

Oscar Eduardo Valles Avila/Weld County Sheriff's Office
Oscar Eduardo Valles Avila/Weld County Sheriff's Office

According to WCSO, Avila was last seen over the weekend, at 11:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 20). At this time, the 26-year-old is still considered missing and could very well be in danger.

In addition, detectives with the Weld County Sheriff's Office are also conducting an investigation into Avila’s connection to a 2015-2017 white Toyota Camry (pictured in this post for reference.)

Should you have any information regarding this case, Gilbert, Avila, or the vehicle in question, you are asked to call Detective Ong with WCSO at (970) 400-5816.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.

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