“I don’t want anything bad to happen to him. There is no way I want him to face charges for this,” said Colorado resident Carl Sear to a local news reporter (KUSA).


Nearly ten days ago, Sear and his family endured a bizarre incident at their quiet abode in Weld County.

His mother-in-law peered outside her window and witnessed a man strutting across their driveway … with bloody feet.

It was Cory Hixson, 33, a United States Marine Corps and Iraq War veteran who had been reported missing by his wife in a different part of the state. She said his depression meds had recently been “adjusted” by doctors and it was negatively affecting his mood and behavior.

From their cold pavement, Sear’s mother-in-law said he trekked over to their neighbor’s home, where he was received clothes. Then, he came right back, and broke into their garage.

Naturally, she called 911.

Later on, Sear found Hixson’s hat right where she said he had been.

“When you have something like this, it makes it real,” he said.

“He’s a good guy. I just want him to have this back.”

Currently, the vet is facing second-degree burglary charges. But they can be dropped by the district sheriff’s office, if they so choose (they have until Friday to decide).

As of Monday, Hixson is still recuperating in the hospital.

The phone number for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office: (970) 356-4015