WALSENBURG — Following over nine months of behind the scenes investigation, 51-year old Ralph Candelario of Walsenburg was arrested Tuesday night in Humboldt County, California on a warrant charging first degree homicide and tampering with evidence. The arrest warrant, prepared by Walsenburg Police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was signed Tuesday afternoon and charges the suspect with intentional homicide of his wife, Pamela Candelario, 48, in January 2014. Candelario was arrested without incident in northern California by CHP following a traffic stop at 6:55 pm Pacific Daylight Time, on the warrant. Candelario remains in custody on the no-bond warrant in California. Walsenburg Police Chief Tommie McLallen said he had no information Wednesday when an extradition hearing to return Candelario to Colorado would be held. Six CBI agents, along with McLallen, Captain Vince Suarez and Sgt. John Salazar of the WPD went to Candelario’s 7th St. antique store at about 3:30 pm Tuesday to execute the arrest warrant. Employees at the business told investigators Candelario was on vacation in California and he was driving his Saab automobile. Shortly after 7 am on Jan. 16, 2014, police were called to the Candelario
home at West Third and Hendren, after a neighbor discovered Ralph Candelario injured on the sidewalk outside of his home. He allegedly implored the neighbor to ‘check on his wife’. First responding officers entered the home to find Pam Candelario on the kitchen floor, apparently bludgeoned to death. McLallen called in forensic specialists from the CBI to assist in the investigation, and much of the evidence obtained has been the subject of scientific scrutiny ever since. On January 30 and February 6, 2014 the HWJ published 3,345-word statement by Candelario who recounted what he said happened during an alleged two-day home invasion by strangers who he said killed his wife and abused him. Candelario later made the statement available to both Walsenburg and state criminal investigators. The day the crime was discovered, Candelario was transported first to Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, then later to a Pueblo medical facility for treatment of a head wound. He was released later the same day by physicians and was taken to the CBI office in Pueblo for what would be his only formal interview with investigators.