Suspect waives extradition

Travis Farmer, of Pagosa Springs, signed a waiver of extradition in Nevada last week, and will soon be returned to Archuleta County where he will likely face a charge of second-degree kidnapping.

The charge stems from Farmer’s alleged role in a series of incidents beginning Nov. 18, when 20-year-old Farmer and 15-year-old Kanyon Nicely went missing from Pagosa Springs in a truck allegedly stolen from Farmer’s employer, Precision Asphalt Paving.

According to local law enforcement authorities, the duo left the Pagosa Springs area in the truck some time in the early hours of Nov. 18. Bulletins were released throughout the region to law enforcement agencies and media outlets.

By Nov. 20, the truck was discovered at a helipad at Diamond Bar, Ariz., near Hoover Dam. Another vehicle was discovered missing from the site. Information on that vehicle was dispersed to law enforcement agencies and a witness was interviewed who saw the fugitives leaving the site in the second vehicle.

At the same time, the FBI was preparing a federal warrant for Farmer on charges of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

According to law enforcement reports, the second vehicle ran out of fuel at Hoover Dam and was left in a maintenance yard, the fugitives leaving the scene on foot.

A short time later, Farmer and Nicely were contacted by Hoover Dam Federal Police on a welfare check. The two reportedly gave the authorities false names and information, but the authorities eventually obtained Nicely’s name, tracked the name to a Pagosa warrant, then made the connection with an arrest warrant for Farmer — a warrant issued by Archuleta County Court Judge Jim Denvir Nov. 18, with a charge of 2nd degree kidnapping.

The suspects were arrested by the federal police. Farmer was transported to a Las Vegas jail. Nicely was held until her parents made transportation arrangements.

According to local authorities, Farmer was brought before a magistrate in Las Vegas for an extradition hearing. During the hearing, Farmer signed a waiver of extradition, and arrangements are being made for his return to Archuleta County.

According to Pagosa Springs Police Det. Scott Maxwell, interviews with a relative of Farmer revealed that the suspect indicated he feared failing a urine test (a requirement of probation) and worried he would be sent to prison. Maxwell said Farmer left a note stating he was fleeing to Mexico and the note included Kanyon Nicely’s name.

james@pagosasun.com