By Sean I. Mills Staff writer

Karl F. Kohler


BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A 50-year-old Colorado man has been charged with second-degree murder in the May killing of a Camden man who had been living in the Centennial State.

Law enforcers said both men were living in camps on national forest land.

Gregory S. Gavin, age 50, is accused of beating 45-year-old Karl F. Kohler to death in a wooded area just beyond the border of the Town of Breckenridge, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities did not release a motive for the killing, or if a weapon was used. Kohler’s body was found in the woods shortly before noon on Saturday, May 19.

Summit County is located in the central portion of Colorado.

"Our detectives did a phenomenal job," said Undersheriff Derek Woodman in a release. "Based on physical evidence and confirmation from DNA lab analysis, we feel confident we have put together a solid case."

Woodman said Gavin was the primary suspect from the onset of the investigation. He was taken into custody on Thursday on a warrant.

Gavin is charged with second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence, authorities said. He is being held in the Summit County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bail bond.

According to Kohler’s family, he was a 1984 graduate of Camden High School. He grew up on Route 49 in Vienna, and studied photography at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica. Kohler’s family said he moved to Colorado roughly three years ago.

Undersheriff Woodman said Kohler lived in a camp on national forest land, which he said is not uncommon in Colorado. He said Kohler worked seasonal jobs in and around Breckenridge.