Mar 9, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff WriterAuthorities arrested an Ethete man Thursday afternoon in connection with the homicides of Elva Charlotte Quiver and Eric C. Likes, whose bodies were found in a charred mobile home in Hudson last November.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office reported that Laziur S. Hanway Jr., 19, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Hanway was scheduled to appear in Riverton Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday. He remains in custody of the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander on $1 million bond.
Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said it is alleged that Hanway is responsible for the stabbing death of Quiver, 20, of the Wind River Indian Reservation, and the beating/stabbing death of Likes, 42, of Hudson.
"The team of investigators determined that Ms. Quiver and Mr. Likes were the victims of an apparent robbery while at their home," Lee said in a news release. "They were both murdered and the home set ablaze."
The Sheriff's Office reported that Likes was Hanway's former employer.
"They knew each other, and the attack was not at random," Lee said.
Multiple agencies, including the Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Indian Affairs, on Tuesday began searching Hanway's residence in the 100 block of 17 Mile Road, which Lee said led to Hanway's arrest and detainment at the Wind River Police Department's Detention Center.
"A warrant was then later sworn by the lead investigator in the case, Fremont County Detective Sgt. Bill Braddock," Lee said. "Hanway was taken into custody on the warrant by the Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon."
Law enforcement and firefighters were dispatched at about 9:50 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, to the blaze after receiving several calls about a mobile home that "just blew up."
The trailer, which Likes was renting at the time, is located near the intersection of East Second Street and South Ohio Avenue in Hudson.
Witnesses reported hearing a woman calling for help from inside the trailer that immediately was engulfed by flames.
It wasn't until firefighters extinguished the flames about 90 minutes later that the remains of Quiver and Likes were discovered in a bedroom and hallway, respectively.
Because of the severity of the burns, the couple's identities were not confirmed until after autopsies were conducted Nov. 19 in Loveland, Colo.
In the beginning of the investigation, authorities believed a gas leak caused the fire, but investigators in January ruled it to be the result of arson and the deaths to be homicides.
Lee said the criminal case is still considered active and remains under investigation.
"We are still working diligently and expect further developments in the near future," he said.
Investigative efforts also included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms agency, the FBI, the Fremont County Coroner's Office and the Wyoming State Fire Marshal's Office.
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