OTERO COUNTY, Colo. — A suspect in the killing of a 15-year-old Utah girl has been arrested in southeast Colorado.

Shaun French, 24, is being held on charges for unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

The Otero County undersheriff said French was arrested near Highway 50 and County Road 13 Wednesday.


French was taken into custody on May 9th.

In a press conference, a Salt Lake City police spokesperson said that French had been arrested in Otero County, Colorado. Police spokesmen said that they had information which led them to believe that French may have been heading to Ohio or Evanston, Wyoming. French was thought to have been traveling in a 1991 Daihatsu Rocky SUV with Wyoming plates that read 19 13974. French was referred to as being “armed-and-dangerous.”

The Salt Lake City Police Department said French is now a suspect in the killing of 15-year-old Baleigh Bagshaw. He was previously considered a person of interest.



The Uinta County Sheriff’s Office and Evanston Police Department are working with Utah Authorities to locate a Person of Interest with Evanston area ties. Utah Authorities have released a picture of the person and his actual vehicle. Please contact the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office (307-783-1000) if you have seen this vehicle or know the whereabouts of Shaun French. French is a Person of Interest in a Homicide case in Salt Lake City. Vehicle license plate # is Wyoming 19 county 13974.