Less than two weeks before the teens were found dead, Marquez bonded out of jail on separate charges, court records show.
A 19-year-old man was arrested late Sunday in the deaths of two Colorado Springs teens, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Derek Benjamin Greer, 15, and Natalie Partida, 16, were found dead March 12 on the shoulder of Old Pueblo Road in a rural part of the county. Derek was a freshman and Natalie was a sophomore at Coronado High School.
The El Paso County Coroner’s Office ruled their deaths homicides, but has not said how they were killed, withholding details until after completion of an autopsy.
Gustavo Marquez was arrested on suspicion of two counts each of first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and aggravated robbery and one count of child abuse resulting in death, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
He was arrested on one count of child abuse because only one of the teens was younger than 16 years old, said Jacqueline Kirby, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Marquez remains in the El Paso County jail without bond, inmate records show.