According to the Casper Police Department, Schroeder was reported missing July 6, 2021. During their investigation, detectives determined he was most likely deceased. Detectives did not believe this was a random act and assured the public there was not a threat.
Casper Police said Schroeder was planning to travel from Casper to Denver on June 24. A witness reportedly told investigators Schroeder was last seen June 26 leaving a Denver motel with Marquez, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. Marquez and Schroeder reportedly had 67 phone calls between them since the beginning of June.
According to the affidavit cited by the Casper Star-Tribune, Marquez’s vehicle was found in a storage facility in Paradise Valley. Police reportedly discovered blood in the car, including on the windshield and driver’s window. Police also believe there was a "very bloody object" placed on the passenger seat.
Oil City News reports investigators were led to a homestead camp in Coal Mountain on August 30. They reportedly found a bloody towel, as well as a wooden dowel, a large polo shirt, leather belt remnants, drawstrings from a garbage bag, a phone battery, and a phone charging cord. The objects allegedly matched certain items found at Marquez’s residence, including a receipt for the wooden dowel.
Marquez was reportedly being held in the Natrona County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond.