When Pueblo, Colorado, police were summoned to a storage unit in early January, it marked the commencement of a mystery that remains far from resolution.
“As of January 10, 2024, at approximately 8:37 a.m., Pueblo Police responded to the 600 block of West 6th Street in regard to suspicious activity. Officers arrived and learned a person located a metal container in a storage unit that was filled with hardened concrete,” according to the police statement.
“Based on the information learned during the initial investigation, Pueblo Police Special Victims Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded and took over the investigation,” the statement added.
“During the investigation, the metal container was searched, and the remains of a child were located within the container,” the statement revealed.
“The victim in this incident will be identified by the Pueblo County Coroner after appropriate notifications are made. The Pueblo Police are investigating this case as a homicide,” it continued.
KRDO-TV interviewed the owner of Kings Storage Center, where the remains were found. The station did not use the owner’s name.
The owner disclosed that customers renting the unit, both Pueblo residents, lost it after not paying the rent for several months.
A relative of the customers came to clean out the unit, discovering the metal container in the process.
The police statement mentioned that the department was looking to locate two children — Jesus Dominguez and Yesenia Dominguez.
“The investigation indicates Jesus and Yesenia have not been seen since approximately the summer of 2018,” the statement stated, indicating Yesenia Dominguez would be about 9 years old now while her brother would be about 10 years old.
Police have engaged with two individuals considered persons of interest.
The connection between the child whose remains were found and the missing children sought by the police was not elucidated, as per The New York Times.
Sgt. Franklyn Ortega of the Pueblo Police Department mentioned that no missing persons report had been filed on the children, but the police had been called to perform welfare checks on them. However, the police were unable to locate the children.
Ortega noted that there were “custody issues” concerning the children but provided no further details.