The victim of a homicide in Grand Junction 31 years ago has been positively identified, now police want to know who did it.

Remains Discovered In 1992 Off River Road

It was November 28, 1992, when the remains of an unidentified male were found near the Walker Wildlife area just off River Road. The skull was missing and the body was decomposed, however, evidence indicated the man had been the victim of a stabbing. The man's identity has remained a mystery until now.

Victim Was Louisiana Military Veteran Living In Grand Junction

The man has been identified as 26-year-old Etus Thoms "ET" Romero of New Liberia, Louisiana. Investigators learned he had come to Grand Junction around October of 1991 with two other people from Louisiana. Working as a dishwasher at a local restaurant, Romero had lived in a home on 4th Street, between Ute and Pitkin. Authorities believe he was killed during the summer of 1992.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Mesa County Sheriff's Office

Forensic Genetic Genealogy Leads to Positive Identification

Last year, investigators used forensic genetic genealogy to produce investigative leads that were given to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. Local investigators found a potential sibling who agreed to share consumer DNA data that was compared to the unknown profile. The analysis confirmed there was a sibling relationship.

In February, Mesa County Sheriff's Office investigators traveled to Louisiana, where they learned more about Romero's story and put all the investigative pieces together.

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Who Killed ET Romero?

Now that ET Romero, a military veteran, has been identified as the homicide victim, authorities want to know who is responsible for his death. Anyone with information about the case should contact investigator Pete Burg at 970-244-3263 or Investigator Anthony West at 970-244-3270.

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