The man arrested for allegedly murdering Paige Birgfeld, the Colorado mom of three young children who led a secret life as a madam, is not leaving jail anytime soon.
On Monday, truck driver Lester Ralph Jones, who has been in the Mesa County Detention Center since his arrest Nov. 21, made his first court appearance and had his bond set at $2 million, cash only.
The arrest of Jones came more than seven years after Birgfeld, 34, disappeared. Detectives learned shortly after she vanished on June 28, 2007, that there was more to her than people thought.
Using a pseudonym, “Carrie,” she ran an escort service, Models Incorporated, from her home and nearby office.
Jones, 63, had been a suspect in the case since Birgfeld went missing. He faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree arson.
He will be back in court in early December for a formal filing of charges.
PEOPLE’s Johnny Dodd discusses the long investigation and what’s next in the case in this segment of PEOPLE Now: