Ind. sex offender arrested after Colo. triple homicide

Jaacob Vanwinkle (Provided Photo/KKTV 11 News)

CANON CITY, Colo. (CNN/WISH) – An Indiana sex offender has been arrested and is accused of killing a mother and her two children in Colorado.

Jaacob Vanwinkle is facing charges for first degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.

Police in Cañon City, Colorado say they were called to a home on reports of a sexual assault, but when they arrived at the home they found the bodies of a 35-year-old mother along with her 5-year-old and 9-year-old.

Vanwinkle is a registered sex offender in Indiana. He was also arrested and questioned in a murder in Brown County three years ago. Officers found him after searching the woods in Brown County for hours.

Police say Vanwinkle told them he found Michael Eaton’s body, but didn’t kill him. He admitted to moving Eaton’s body and burying it under clothes and blankets inside the home’s attic.

An autopsy found Eaton died of natural causes. Vanwinkle was never charged. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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