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Youth held in deaths of mom, stepfather

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 28th, 2009

Crime scene tape blocks entrance to a rural Rio Grande County home in which a man and wife were found dead Tuesday afternoon.

RIO GRANDE COUNTY The Rio Grande County Sheriff\\\'s Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wound up their work at the scene of two deaths in the Rock Creek area at about 4 a.m. Wednesday and the district attorney is preparing charges on a 14-year-old suspect.

In a prepared statement, Rio Grande County Sheriff Brian Norton said the deaths of Tracy Aaron Rinebarger, 38, and his wife, Joanne Marlee Rinebarger, 34, were discovered at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday by a relative who went to see why the male victim hadn\\\'t shown up for work.

Rio Grande County Coroner Rusty Strohmayer said Wednesday morning that the manner of death would be established pending autopsies by the El Paso County Coroner in Colorado Springs.

Norton said his department responded to the scene at 3219 County Road 28 in response to a call that two bodies had been found there.

The scene was blocked off and cordoned by crime scene tape at 4:30 p.m. and law enforcement personnel waited in the cold for a search warrant allowing them to enter a single family dwelling at the end of a dirt road.

A main suspect, the 14-year-old son of Joanne Rinebarger was not located at the scene and was arrested by the Park County Sheriff near Fairplay at about 4 p.m. on unrelated charges, possibly due to his age and driving without a license. He was reportedly in a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck belonging to Rinebarger.

Later, he was taken into custody by the Rio Grande County Sheriff\'s Office on possible charges related to the deaths of his mother and step father. He is being house at Youth Track in Alamosa with plans to send him out of the area later. He was believed to be a freshman at Monte Vista High School.

Rio Grande County Deputy District Attorney Geoffrey Rieman said late Wednesday morning that the CBI had been at the scene videotaping and doing other investigative work, but he, personally, had not been there.

He and 12th Judicial District Attorney David Mahonee are waiting for reports to come in and are evaluating their options, one of which may be trying the young suspect as an adult. Charges were expected to be filed later this week.

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