DA: Suspect “at large” in case involving missing Stagecoach man
Steamboat Springs — Authorities on Wednesday were still saying very little about the investigation into the disappearance of 46-year-old Stagecoach resident Edward Zimmerman.
Bond on Wednesday was set at $10,000 for Lucas M. Johnson. The 38-year-old transient Steamboat man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony aggravated motor vehicle theft. Undersheriff Ray Birch said the arrest was related to Zimmerman’s disappearance, but he would not say whether Johnson was driving Zimmerman’s car, a silver Subaru Baja that was also missing.
During court, Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Matt Karzen told Judge James Garrecht that Johnson was a “person of interest in an ongoing investigation.”
It was revealed in court Wednesday that Johnson now faces a felony charge of possessing more than 12 ounces of marijuana.
According to Zimmerman’s sister, Robin Mizerak, Zimmerman had been growing a large amount of marijuana at his home on Yellow Jacket Drive, and it appeared some of his marijuana had been chopped down and stolen.
An affidavit related to Johnson’s arrest has been sealed, as well as search warrants related to the Zimmerman disappearance. Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann told Garrecht during court that Johnson has a wife and three kids, who live in Stagecoach.
When asked why information was not being released about the case, Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey said it was because of an “active suspect at large.” He would not elaborate.
“Hopefully, today we’ll know more,” Barkey said.
When asked whether they knew the welfare of Zimmerman, authorities would not say.
Zimmerman was reported missing after he did not show up for work Friday or Saturday. Mizerak said Zimmerman gave a bus boy a ride home after work Thursday, and that was the last time anyone heard from him. Zimmerman’s dog was found at his home.
Deputies on Wednesday were guarding Zimmerman’s house.
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