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Arrest made in snowboarder murder case

Arrest made in snowboarder murder case

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GREEN RIVER -- A former Rock Springs man has been arrested in the 2006 murder of a Colorado snowboarder who was hitchhiking through southwest Wyoming, according to Sweetwater County authorities.

Eric John Conn, 41, was taken into custody on March 18 and charged in connection with the death of Ben Bradley, according to a joint media release from Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell and County Attorney Brett Johnson.

Conn was arrested in St. Louis last month. He has been charged with first-degree murder, accessory to murder in the first degree and accessory after the fact.

Authorities said Bradley left his home in Tabernash, Colo., on June 2, 2006 to hitchhike approximately 460 miles to Jackson for a special snowboard outing he had planned with Wyoming friends to celebrate his June 4 birthday.

Officials said Bradley never arrived in Jackson.

On Oct. 1, 2006, a sightseeing family discovered Bradley's body near the base of the local landmark called Boar's Tusk located north of Rock Springs. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be from multiple stab wounds.

Haskell said Conn was transported back to Wyoming by county detectives and the suspect appeared in Circuit Court in Rock Springs on Tuesday. Judge Dan Forgey set Bradley's bond at $2 million cash or surety.

Read more about this story in Thursday's Star-Tribune.

Contact southwest Wyoming bureau reporter Jeff Gearino at (307) 875-5359 or





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