UPDATE 1/18/24 @ 11:48 a.m.: The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) issued an update today on the case of the severed head. It says, “The autopsy by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office occurred yesterday and has confirmed the human remains found at the address on Pinyon Avenue on January 12, 2024, are a human head and human hands,” and “we have no other definitive answers until further testing can be completed.”
[Note: this story was updated with additional information received on 1/16/24@11:45 a.m. that has been added in blue text, below.]
Multiple people are reporting on social media that a severed head and possibly additional body parts were discovered in a freezer in the garage of the home at 2988 Pinyon Ave. on Friday, January 12. The story has been confirmed by multiple sources and people have been posting photos documenting the incident.
Here’s what is known so far:
The house was owned since 2006 by a couple, Bradley David and Lea Imer, who both lived there with a younger man presumed to be the couple’s son. The husband, Bradley David Imer, died at St. Mary’s Hospital on July 7, 2021 of cardiac arrest, tension pneumothorax, respiratory distress syndrome and Covid-19, according to his death certificate. Neighbors report that Lea Imer and the younger man she lived with at the house after Bradley Imer’s death had gotten a U-Haul and moved out the week before this incident. Neighbors say the occupants had long been hoarders, and the house had recently been sold to “a flipper.”
The new owner of the house reportedly put ads on Facebook and Craigslist inviting people to come and haul away items of value from the property for free, like scrap metal, to help clean it up. “The hoarders moved out and people came with trailers” to get the remaining items, a source said. People also arrived to start cleaning up the hoard. One of the items the owner was giving away was a functioning freezer in the garage. The people who came to get the freezer opened it up and saw a layer of freezer-burned meat that they decided to donate to local animal shelters. They removed the meat, then reached in and pulled out a black plastic bag which then broke, and a head fell out onto the concrete floor. The person who pulled the black bag out of the freezer reportedly said, “I’ll never forget what that sounded like, and the face on that head.” He reportedly took a photo of the head. There were other black bags in the freezer under that one, and then law enforcement was called to the scene.
[Update 1/16/24@10:52 a.m.: A communication just came in from a first-hand source saying the head did not actually fall out of the bag.][Update: 1/16/24@11:45 a.m.: The confidential source, who had direct experience with the incident, wrote, “The head was never dropped. It was wrapped multiple times in black trash bags, the first thing that fell out was fish filets so we kept unwrapping as that what we expected to be in said bags. As we opened the last bag the head rolled out on to the bed of our truck. At that point the new owner of the house called it in. I did state that I would never forget the sound it made as it hit the tailgate and rolled.”
Soon people showed up in hazmat suits, and then a white truck with a camper shell without windows arrived, later identified as belonging to the Mesa County Coroner’s office. The neighbors decided that the coroner’s presence at the scene confirmed that human remains were in fact found at the house. People wearing coroner jackets then started removing items from the home last Friday, Jan. 12. The following photos were taken by a neighbor:
On Saturday, law enforcement returned to the house and went through it with black lights, which neighbors say could be seen through the windows, apparently looking for traces of blood.
There has been lots of buzz about this incident on social media, but for unknown reasons nothing has been reported about it in the local mainstream news outlets so far.
Update 1/15/24 @ 8:58 p.m. – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office just put out a press release about this incident containing far less information, saying they are investigating the case as a homicide.