Posted at 4 p.m. Nov. 21, 2016

Rogers takes plea deal in case of missing child

Deputies search LCCC pond, manure pile but can't find body

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The search continues:

Laramie County Sheriffs search a manure pile near the Agriculture building on Nov. 16 at LCCC for the body of a missing 13-month-old boy, Silas Ojeda.

Isaiah Colbert

After another tip in the Silas Ojeda case, the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department sent divers into the pond on the north side of the Agriculture building at Laramie County Community College on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

While divers did not find anything and a search of a nearby manure pile also came up negative. On Friday, Nov. 18, Logan H. Rogers pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges as part of a plea bargain.

The investigation into the missing body began Oct. 26. His grandfather reported the boy missing after the boy’s mother, told him she had not seen him since the previous Saturday.

Detectives arrested Rhiannon Ojeda, the boy’s mother, on Thursday, Nov. 10, on suspicion of child endangerment-enhanced with controlled substances and child endangering-health, but she was released without being charged.

Her boyfriend was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless child endangerment-enhanced with controlled substances Oct. 31 in connection with the boy’s presumed death. The reckless endangerment charge was dropped in the plea bargain.

Charging documents in Rogers’ case say he eventually told investigators the boy was exposed to methamphetamine on Oct. 20 and died Oct. 21, possibly after sustaining a concussion after falling off of a counter while Rogers was preparing a bottle. The documents also say that he wrapped the boy’s body in a white blanket and left it in a trash bin on the LCCC campus.

The documents state that two cadaver dogs independently positively identified the driver’s side door of Ojeda’s car and an LCCC trash bin as having had contact with human remains.

Because of this, hundreds of people spent eight days going through more than 3.2 million pounds of garbage at the North Weld Landfill west of Ault, Colorado, where the contents of the bin were taken.

The search began Nov. 1 and ended Nov. 10 and is not expected to be resumed.

Blankets with apparent biological stains were discovered, but they did not match a fabric sample provided by the Ojeda family. The blankets and portions of three car seats similar to the one for Silas were recovered from the landfill and sent to the Wyoming State Crime Lab for testing.

The plea agreement says the prosecution intends to recommend a maximum sentence of 18 to 20 years.

Rogers’ attorney requested immediate sentencing but District Judge Thomas Campbell denied it.

Campbell accepted Rogers plea but did not ask him to say where Silas’ body was located.


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