Scotland Yard arrests man for Garfield County cold case murder
November 20, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Scotland Yard agents arrested a 46-year-old Colorado man in England Wednesday for the 1997 murder of his wife, authorities said.
Marcus Bebb-Jones was arrested at about 7 a.m. at his home at 41 Merton Close, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, on a charge of first-degree murder, concealing death and domestic violence, said Tanny McGinnis, spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Members of an extradition unit of the New Scotland Yard in London arrested Bebb-Jones in the murder of his wife, Sabrina Bebb-Jones, McGinnis said.
The arrest follows an extensive, 12-year investigation by several law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff’s office, McGinnis said.
Bebb-Jones is in custody awaiting extradition to the United States to stand trial.
The sheriff’s office has notified the victim’s family and will remain in close contact with them, McGinnis said.
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Sabrina and Marcus Bebb-Jones once owned the Hotel Melrose in Grand Junction. Her husband, who was then 34, told police his wife left the city with the couple’s then-3-year-old son after the couple argued at Mesa Mall.
He later told guests at the hotel that he was headed to Las Vegas to look for Bebb-Jones, who grew up in the area.
The couple’s son was found alone in a Las Vegas motel room Sept. 21, 1997. The next day, Marcus Jones apparently tried to kill himself. He shot himself in the head, but the wound was not life-threatening, police said.
He was granted conservatorship of Bebb-Jones’ possessions in May 1998 and sold the hotel. He moved back to his native England to be with his son and mother.
A rancher discovered a skull Oct. 2, 2004, near the summit of Douglas Pass in western Garfield County. Dental records were used to identify it as that of Sabrina Bebb-Jones, 31.