Body found after search for missing person, ex-boyfriend arrested

Provided by Larimer County

The body of a young female was discovered in the pickup truck of ex-boyfriend of missing 18-year-old Ashley Marie Doolittle Friday in Mesa County, Colorado.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person at approximately 8 p.m. June 9, identified as 18-year-old Ashley Marie Doolittle of Berthoud, Colorado, according to a release by LCSO.

After she did not come home at the time she said she would, family members began searching the area and discovered her abandoned vehicle near Lon Hagler Reservoir.

Through interviews with family members deputies learned that Ashley had recently broken up with 18-year-old Tanner George Flores, who had also been missing since 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Flores was believed to have been upset and distraught over the breakup. He was also believed to be in possession of a handgun, according to the investigators.

At first light Friday, members of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services and Larimer County Search and Rescue conducted a search of Lon Hagler Reservoir, while still gathering leads on Flores whereabouts.

At 8 a.m. investigators received information that his pickup truck had been seen in Mesa County. After contacting Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, deputies located the vehicle, along with a deceased body of a young adult female.

Tanner George Flores of Berthoud, Colorado was taken into custody and booked into Mesa County Jail with charges still pending. The name of the deceased has not yet been released by officials, but will be released, together with the cause of death, at a later time, said The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer David Moore.

LCSO and MCSO are working together on solving the investigation. 

No further information has been released at this time.