Remains identified as missing longtime Routt County resident |

Remains identified as missing longtime Routt County resident

Lucas and Kristen Johnson are being held at the Routt County Jail on suspicion of charges related to first-degree murder.
courtesy/ Routt County Sheriff’s Office

— The Routt County Sheriff’s Office on Friday confirmed that the remains of missing longtime Routt County resident Edward Zimmerman were discovered this week.

Two people are being held on suspicion of charges related to his death.

Lucas Johnson, 38, is being held with no bond on suspicion of first-degree murder. His wife Kristen Johnson, 40, is being held with a $200,000 bond on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Edward Zimmerman was reported missing Saturday night after missing work Friday and Saturday.

Lucas Johnson was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop on suspicion of felony aggravated motor vehicle theft and felony possession of more than 12 ounces of marijuana. On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed the car Lucas Johnson was driving belonged to Zimmerman.

“At that time, Mr. Zimmerman’s whereabouts were still unknown,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

Zimmerman’s sister, Robin Mizerak, who lives in Florida, said on Tuesday that Zimmerman had been growing a large amount of marijuana at his home, and it appeared some of his marijuana had been chopped down and stolen.

Zimmerman lived at a home on Yellow Jacket Drive in Blacktail Mountain Estates between Stagecoach and Steamboat Springs.

The Sheriff’s Office news release did not state whether Zimmerman’s body was found at his home. Undersheriff Ray Birch said he would not make any verbal comments about the case.

Zimmerman’s ex-wife Devony Zimmerman and 15-year-old daughter Elle live in South Florida.

When contacted Friday, Devony Zimmerman said they learned Wednesday night a body had been found, and it was identified as Zimmerman’s on Thursday.

“We were devastated,” Devony Zimmerman said. “Our hearts were broken.”

Lucas Johnson appeared in court again Friday.

District Attorney Brett Barkey said both the defense and the prosecution have agreed to extend the deadline for filing official charges to March 13.

“Consenting to that allows us to conduct some additional investigation,” Barkey said.

Judge James Garrecht heard arguments from both sides regarding several requests from the defense. One of the requests dealt with what materials the investigators had to turn over to the defense.

Lucas Johnson is due back in court at 1 p.m. March 13, and Kristen Johnson is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Earlier this week in court, Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Matt Karzen said Lucas Johnson has an arrest record that includes a marijuana manufacturing and distribution charge out of Georgia, a felony narcotics charge out of Florida and an aggravated assault charge out of Utah.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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