January 5, 2006

Former Arbela Man Found Murdered In Wyoming

Nearly two months after being reported missing to a Wyoming law enforcement agency, the story of an Arbela teenager came to a tragic end just days before Christmas.

The body of Jeremy Forquer, 19, was discovered by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department on December 23, 2005 at an isolated spot along Interstate 90 near Gillette, Wyoming.

The discovery was made as part of an ongoing murder investigation, and ultimately tied together several suspects that were either wanted, or were already in custody in Wyoming for the murder of a 15-year old boy.

Jeremy Forquer was first reported missing on November 4, 2005 by his father, Clinton. The report was filed with the Gillette Police Department. Jeremy Forquer had reportedly contacted his father and informed him he would be leaving Wyoming and returning to Missouri via bus on October 29th. He never arrived, prompting his father to file the missing person report.

Family members in Missouri were notified of Jeremy’s death on Christmas Eve.

Three men face charges in the strangulation death of Forquer. Christopher R. Hicks and Jacob P. Martinez, both 19, and Kent Profitt, Sr., 42, all of Gillette, have been charged with first-degree murder in Forquer’s death.

A memorial service for Jeremey Forquer will be held Saturday, January 7th at the Scotland County Antique Fair Association building in Memphis, with family members greeting friends and family from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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