Cold case heats up in heart of Oregon

Cold case heats up in heart of Oregon »Play Video
Danny Kaye Sweet vanished in 1992. His remains were found in 1996. In February 2012, police arrested two men and charged them with Sweet's murder.

JOHN DAY, Ore. - Danny Kaye Sweet disappeared in October 1992 from Mitchell, a small town in the heart of Oregon's high desert.

His friends reported the 36-year-old missing to the Crook County Sheriff's Office early the next year.

Sweet remained a missing person until Jan. 21, 1996, when two teens scouting for antlers near Mount Vernon, Ore., found the nearly intact skeletal remains of a clothed person.

Dental records confirmed the remains were Sweet, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of death was homicide.

The Sheriff’s Office in Grant County where the body was found activated the Major Crime Team to start an investigation. The investigation led to locations in Oregon, Idaho and Nevada.

This week, it led to two arrests.

Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division detectives spent nearly two years working closely with the Grant County District Attorney’s Office before a grand jury indicted the suspects Feb. 7, 2012.

Police in Las Vegas picked up one of the suspects, Thomas Allen Colbert, 51, on Feb. 17.

State police detectives from Bend and Roseburg arrested George Shadrick Bogan, 46, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during a traffic stop near his home in Roseburg. Troopers took him to the Douglas County Jail where he was jailed pending transfer to Grant County.

Investigators believe Colbert and Sweeet were known drug associates and, shortly before his disappearance, Sweet had accumulated drug-related debts to then-Prineville resident Bogan.

Sweet's remains were found on a section of public land surrounded by private ranch land owned at the time by Colbert’s relatives.

Both men face charges of aggravated murder.