Girls murdered west of Telluride: Deputies ID suspects in double homicide

Posted at 11:53 AM, Sep 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-10 19:28:55-04

TELLURIDE, Colo. -- The identities of four suspects arrested in connection with the murder of two girls whose bodies were found on a San Miguel County farm Friday morning have been released by the sheriff's office. 

Two men and two women were arrested after deputies from the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office discovered the bodies of two young girls on a Norwood farm. The girls are believed to be approximately 5 to 10 years of age and may have been murdered weeks ago, according to authorities.

The suspects arrested in this homicide investigation are: 

  • Frederick A. Blair, 23-year-old male from Norwood, Colorado
  • Madani Ceus, 37-year-old female from Haiti
  • Ika Eden, 53-year-old female from Jamaica
  • Nathan Yah, 50-year-old male from Haiti

The four suspects have been charged with felony child abuse causing death. 

Authorities were looking for a fifth suspect, Nashika Bramble, since Wednesday morning after she was last seen hitchhiking in the Norwood area. She turned herself in Saturday and is now in custody in Grand Junction, according to a tweet from the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office. 

(Photo of Nashika Bramble; Courtesy: San Miguel County SO)


The victims' identities and cause of death will be released by the San Miguel County Coroner's Office. But it's not clear when that report will be available.

The 17-acre farm is located in a rural area just outside Norwood, a town of about 500 that lies near the Montrose County line. It's not clear what type of farming activity was occurring on the property. Signs reading "BEWARE OF THE DOG" and "PRIVATE PROPERTY" mark the entrance to the farm.

Law enforcement vehicles lined the road outside the San Miguel County farm Friday afternoon as state and local agencies began their investigation. Such an investigation hasn't been undertaken in the county in more than 20 years, according to San Miguel County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Susan Lilly.

"Our last homicide in this county was 1995, so we don't even deal with homicides on a regular basis," Lilly said. "So, when we have a situation like this, where we have a double homicide of young children, it's devastating." 

Investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are assisting the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.