On April 1, 2013 Special Agent (SA) Benjamin Jenkins and SA Ike Fairlane, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), 10433 Ponderosa Drive, Durango, CO xxxxx, telephone number (xxx) xxx-xxxx, received a telephone call from Agent Jay Silverheels, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), 111 Ute Way, Southern Ute Indian Reservation (SUIR), CO xxxxx, telephone number (xxx) xxx-xxxx. Agent Silverheels provided the following information:
At approximately 9:30am on April 1, 2013, Richard Betcher and Nancy Stuart from Farmington, New Mexico, stopped by to see Anthony Zepanski at his residence at 730 Mountain Highway, SUIR, CO xxxxx. They discovered the body of Mr. Zepanski in the kitchen/dining room and the body of Ms. Betcher verified that Zepanski and Browning were dead. They then decided to leave the residence immediately. Betcher paniced at first and did not want to get involved; However, after having a discussion with Stuart they drove to the town of Ignacio, CO and contacted Town Marshal David Duschene, 111 Main Street, Ignacio, CO xxxxx, telephone number (xxx) xxx-xxxx.
Marshal Duschene immediately contacted the Southern Ute Police Department (SUPD), 1973 Ute Way, SUIR, CO, xxxxx, telephone number (xxx) xxx-xxxx. The SUPD dispatched Officer Leonard Slye and Officer William Boyd to the crime scene. The Officers identified the victims and confirmed the double homicide.
They contacted SUPD Dispatch via radio and secured the scene. Marshal Duschene then wrote an Incident Report regarding the information about Mr. Betcher and Ms. Stuart. The Marshal advised them to return to Farmington, New Mexico and that a representative from the agency that has jurisdiction in this crime would contact and interview them. Betcher and Stuart then drove back to Farmington, New Mexico.
Agent Silverheels advised that he was at the SUPD Headquarters when the radio message was received from the two officers. Agent Silverheels then, on behalf of the SUPD, contacted My partner and I, FBI, Durango, CO, Regarding the double homicide. Agent Silverheels advised that he and Marshal Duschene would meet the two of us at the crime scene.