Why is Law Enforcement still stalling the Heber Horse Killer Investigation?
It's the same old story, the Forest Service and Navajo County law enforcement buddies are intentionally failing to bring the Heber Horse killer to justice. For how many years have we pleaded with them to do something about the illegal killing of our animals in the Sitgreaves National Forest around Heber? All we received from these guys was patronizing lies and/or silence.
Then three years ago after a single call to the poaching tip line, AZGF took on the investigation and guess what? A dedicated investigator was able to solve the great mystery which ended up with the arrest of Blake Owens for egregious poaching crimes in our National Sitgreaves Forest!
Now here's the catch ... since the beautiful Heber Wild Horses are under a protective federal law status, the National Forest Service is solely responsible for the investigation of their slaughter.
Unfortunately AZGF cannot help us with the deaths of the horses and the Forest Service is trying to bury the case.
There's two good reasons why I believe this to be true.
First, an individual who works in the investigative unit of the Forest Service has become so frustrated with this deceitful investigation that they are leaking detailed information about evidence obtained from the poachers cell phone. This person has been posting this information to the Sitgreaves National Forest Facebook page starting back in March.
The poacher, Blake Owens loved to film his nighttime kills in the forest and saved them all on his phone which is now confiscated evidence at the Forest Service so there's lots of gory detail to share.
The second reason I am convinced this case has been buried is from what I learned during my phone call with the brand new Forest Service Supervisor of Region 3.
His name is Anthony Madrid and he had only been on this job three weeks when we talked. He had been briefed on the fact that they were looking for a horse killer in Heber but can you believe he told me he did not know a thing about the arrest of the poacher and the cell phone evidence of even more crimes? And it was in that very same section of the forest!
Lastly, why do I think Navajo County has tried to hide this arrest? Did it bother anyone else that was no press release from AZGF letting the public know about the poacher arrest back in January? Navajo County Sheriff usually posts these press releases for this area and there was nada mentioned. The only reason any of us know about the arrest of the poacher is due to a leaked article from a hunting magazine that I gave to the paper a couple weeks ago.
It's very hard to deny that there is massive corruption here. Several people are being protected and treated like they are above the law. There is good reason to want to cover this up because we are all going to be shocked with what is on that cell phone evidence.
The Forest Service wants to start reducing the herd in Heber and I am saying that they already started that elimination illegally and need to be stopped and punished like the rest of us would be if we were caught committing crimes.