Nine days after Torrington Police discovered the body of a 20-year-old Torrington woman, a man she was involved with has been charged in her murder.
The Goshen County Attorney’s Office and the Torrington Police Department announced Thursday that Sean Logan Pettus, 32, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Madison Cook. Pettus has been held since April 20 on a charge of felony charges of theft of a motor vehicle and arson. He has also now been charged with two counts of burglary.
Charges against Pettus stem from an investigation that began when officers were called to a fire at a duplex business on East Valley Road. Sharon’s Hair Care and Bad Dreams and Robots Tattoo Parlor, a business Pettus operated, were on fire. Shortly after, dispatch received a call alleging Pettus had been in Smoker Friendly and stolen a bottle of whiskey. It was reported he had left a hoodie in the bathroom that smelled strongly of gasoline. After officers arrived at Smoker Friendly, another call was made to dispatch about a stolen vehicle only two blocks from the fire.
Goshen County Sheriff deputies found the vehicle about 11 a.m., at Pioneer Park and found Pettus inside. After a short confrontation, he was placed under arrest.
Torrington Police Department’s investigation is ongoing. If you have information related to these crimes, and have not yet spoken with an investigator, please contact the Torrington Police Department at 307-532-7001 and ask to speak with Det. Wakamatsu.
In a statement on the Torrington Police Department Facebook page, the department said, “The events of the past 10 days have been incredibly traumatic for Cook’s family, her friends, and our entire community. As we work to learn the truth and take this first step towards justice, we ask for continued support for the Cook family in their healing process."