BREAKING NEWS: Police investigate apparent murder-suicide in Granby
April 8, 2010
GRANBY – A kidnapping that originated in Parker culminated in a Granby Ranch home Thursday morning, where a 53-year-old male appeared to have killed his 38 year-old ex-girlfriend before committing suicide.
Officers of the Granby Police Department were informed of the kidnapping on Wednesday through a state-wide broadcast from the Parker Police Department, working with the FBI.
Parker Police informed Granby Police that a female from Parker had been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend from Denver, and that the suspect had vehicles that were registered to an address in Saddle Horn Court in Granby Ranch, according to statements released by Granby Police Chief Bill Housley.
The roommate of the woman reported the kidnapping to Parker police about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Parker officers found the woman’s car at a service station in Parker, according to Parker Police.
Granby Police responded to the local address, but did not find the suspect’s vehicle there. They found one of the suspect’s vehicles at a nearby Granby Ranch address, 109 Timber Court.
“Numerous attempts were made to contact the victim and the suspect via their cell phones,” Housley stated in a press release. “But these attempts were met with negative results.”
With a perimeter set up around the home, police worked through the night and tried to use a pole camera to view inside, but did not detect any activity within, according to police statements.
Police heard a single gunshot at 5:21 a.m. after they had broken a window to insert a telephone inside for negotiations with the suspect.
Upon entering the home, Housley said, an adult male and an adult female were found dead.
No gunshots had been fired by law enforcement, according to Housley.
A handgun was found at the scene, he said.
The male suspect had been convicted of second degree murder in 1987, and had a long criminal record that contained other convictions, according to police.
Housley said the suspect had keys to the Granby residence.
Names of the deceased individuals have not yet been released, pending notification of the relatives. Positive identification of the pair in question is pending.
Further investigation is being conducted by the Parker Police Department, Granby Police, the Grand County District Attorney’s Office, the Grand County Coroner and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The last murder in or near Granby was in August of 1990, when a woman shot her disabled husband in their Granby-area home on Fourth Street.