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Pagosa man dies in stabbing incident

A Pagosa Springs man is dead and a Farmington, N.M., woman is being held on murder charges following an incident that occurred in the late hours of Oct. 27 and early hours of Oct. 28.

Archuleta County Combined Dispatch received a medical call from a residence at 1551 County Road 400 (Fourmile Road) around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, according to Archuleta County Undersheriff Jim Saunders and Det. Rich Valdez.

Saunders declined to release the identity of the reporting party.

Upon their arrival at the scene, ACSO deputies found that a male, identified as Anthony Ray Silva, 27, of Pagosa Springs, had apparently been stabbed. EMS also responded to the call.

Silva was flown via helicopter to Mercy Regional Medical Center for treatment of a single stab wound to the chest, according to Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht.

Macht said Silva received multiple units of blood during treatment, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Following the transport of Silva, ACSO and Pagosa Springs Police Department personnel worked to secure the scene and begin an investigation, Valdez said.

Personnel from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Durango Police Department, District Attorney’s Office and the PSPD provided additional resources and expertise during the investigation and aided with collection of forensic evidence at the scene, Saunders said.

Macht and ACSO Evidence Technician Norm Frazier attended Silva’s autopsy in Durango as part of the investigation.

Also on scene when emergency personnel arrived was a 37-year-old woman from Farmington, Elizabeth Blan, Valdez reported.

Blan was arrested on charges of second-degree murder for her suspected involvement, Valdez said.

Blan is being held in the Archuleta County Detention Center on $50,000 bail, Valdez said.

The investigation is ongoing, Saunders said.

Macht added that toxicology tests are being done to check for any mitigating factors that may have influenced the event.

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