On May 21, detectives served a search warrant at the Thornton residence of the storage-unit renter and reportedly found evidence related to the case, the sheriff’s office said.
Gregory Thomas, 36, was identified as a suspect. Thomas had gone to the state of Washington after the woman’s remains were found.
Sheriff’s deputies, local police and ATF personnel located Thomas in an RV park in Lynden, Washington, on June 6, and Thomas was arrested on a parole violation out of Colorado. Thomas was then extradited to Colorado.
On June 28, Thomas was arrested again while in custody at the Adams County Detention Facility and charged with first-degree murder and tampering with a deceased human body.
KUSA reports Lavanya Jain was allegedly killed in March, according to court documents. Thomas told detectives the two had met through an escort website.
Thomas said Jain had been staying at his house, and when he came home on March 19, when he thought Jain wouldn't be there, Jain was sitting on the couch, according to an affidavit KUSA quotes. Thomas said Jain pulled a gun from under a pillow and pointed it at him, so he pulled a gun from his waistband and shot her, the affidavit says. Thomas said he shot her three more times.
KUSA reports Thomas said he went to a Home Depot to buy a trash can and then rented a storage unit on March 23, put Jain's body in the trash can, taped it up and put the trash can in the storage unit, the affidavit says.