Bodies of kidnapped women found; Police in standoff with suspect in Thornton
Deputies said they suspect Alisha Johns' estranged husband, Cimmeron Johns, may have kidnapped her and her mother on Feb. 6, 2014. (Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office)
WELD COUNTY, Colo. –The investigation into the killing of two women in Weld County shifted to Thornton Friday night.
Authorities found their bodies in Weld County earlier in the day.
The two bodies “have presumptively been identified” as Sherri Pachello, 56 and her daughter, Alisha Johns, 36 according to a press release from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Friday night.
Sheriff’s investigators had been looking for the women since late Thursday night when they disappeared.
The Sheriff’s office had said that Cimmeron Johns, Alisha Johns’ estranged husband, was the suspect in their disappearance.
A spokesperson says Thornton Police responded to the 10200 block of Ura Lane where the women’s vehicle was believed to have been found. It was described as a gold 1991 Ford Explorer. That’s near 1o4th Avenue and Pecos Street.
Police believe Cimmeron Johns was inside a residence at that location. There were reports of shots fired and a standoff developed. Police evacuated nearby residences and the situation in Thornton continued to develop Friday night.
The first body was found by a surveyor around 11 a.m. Friday Weld County Sheriff’s Office Bureau Chief Steve Reams said. It was found at Weld County Roads 4 and 17.
The second body was found on WCR 15 between WCR 2 and 4 around 1:30 p.m.
Reams said one of the bodies was found in an irrigation ditch. The bodies had been removed by late Friday afternoon.
Altercation Thursday night started chain of events
Reams says this began at about 10 p.m. Thursday when deputies in Weld County were alerted to a possible kidnapping.
“Sherri Pachello called to report to her husband that she was being chased by a dark colored car after she had been out trying to locate her daughter,” Reams says. “Sheriff’s Deputies immediately began canvassing the Frederick CO area, Sherri’s last known location.”
Pachello had driven to get her daughter, Alisha Johns, from a residence in Frederick. Alisha went to visit her estranged husband, Cimmeron Johns at the residence.
“Sherri Pachello called to report to her husband that she was being chased by a dark colored car after she had been out trying to locate her daughter. Sheriff’s Deputies immediately began canvassing the Frederick CO area, Sherri’s last known location,” Reams says.
He goes on to say there was a crash near Frederick where deputies found an abandoned black 1992 Mercedes. They believe that was the suspect’s vehicle.
“It is believed that the suspect abandoned his car and took control of the vehicle that Sherri and Alisha were driving after they slid off the road and their vehicle became temporarily inoperable.”
Deputies searched for the two missing women and the suspect all night without success.