Cold Case Unit
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office currently has 18 cold homicide cases and 7 missing person cases with suspicious circumstances. The Cold Case Unit consists of one full time detective and one volunteer. If you have any information on any of the Sheriff’s Office unsolved cases, please contact Dispatch at (719) 390-5555 and ask for Investigations.
|Robert Browne Arrested in 2006 for a 1987 Cold Case Homicide|
JoAnne P. Harris
Ms. Harris, a 39 year old, was last seen at the Ivy Wild Inn, 1529 S. Nevada Avenue on October 13, 1969. Ms. Harris' body was discovered on November 16, 1969, along the road to NORAD. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was strangulation.
Jose L. Valenzuela
Mr. Valenzuela, a 47 year old, was last seen at the Ivy Wild Inn, 1529 South Nevada Avenue on October 25, 1973. He was later found deceased behind the building. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Francis G. Romisch
Mr. Romisch, a 19 year old Fort Carson soldier, was found on June 17, 1975 along Highway 115. The autopsy revealed Mr. Romisch had been shot multiple times.
Cristobal F. Delgado
On June 23, 1975, two unknown males entered Hoyles Market, 1638 South Nevada Avenue demanding money. Mr. Delgado, a 53 year old, was killed during the robbery. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was as result of a gunshot wound.
Suspects in the Cristobal F. Delgado Case
Peggy S. Gaylord
Ms. Gaylord, an 18 year old, was last seen hitchhiking south on Highway 115, south of Colorado Springs. On December 12, 1978, her body was discovered alongside Barrett Road, west of Highway 115. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
William D. Bennington
Mr. Bennington, a 26 year old, was last seen on December 23, 1981 in Woodland Park, Colorado. On May 5, 1982, his body was discovered off of Rampart Range Road in El Paso County. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Percilla (Badial) Bowers
Ms. Bowers, a 19 year old, was last seen by her family hitchhiking on Highway 85/87 in September 1984. On August 12, 1985, her remains were found in a shallow grave on Pine Oaks Road. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
On November 3, 1986, at 11:13 a.m., The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to human remains being found 4 miles west of Interstate 25, in the Midway Ranch area. Found with the remains were pieces of Calvin Klein denim jeans size 30/33, bluish/green colored sweatshirt and a 1” wide brown leather belt. No identification was found.
A Forensic Autopsy, Anthropology and Odontology examinations were performed. The finding concluded that the human remains were those of a Caucasian male, 5’4” to 5’7”, 30 to 40 years of age, hair color is unknown. The forensic investigation reflects the remains had been in place from one to four years. The Odontologist concluded that the subject had a deep overbite and no dental restorations. The Calvin Klein denim jeans were manufactured in 1981.
Missing Persons files in many jurisdictions were searched over the years and the remains have never been identified. Two forensic sculptors have created two reconstructions, one being completed in 1987 and 2016.
Linda L. Robson
Ms. Robson, a 27 year old, was last seen leaving the Starlite Lounge in Fountain, Colorado, on December 28, 1986. On May 11, 1987, her body was found in southeastern El Paso County. She may have been killed in her Fountain home. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Mr. Mueller, a 32 year old, and was last seen leaving work on North Nevada Avenue on March 8, 1988. He left work early not feeling well. On April 11, 1988, his body was found off of Rampart Range Road. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.
Karen D. Aguilera
Ms. Aguilera, a 23 year old, was last seen on September 17, 1987. On May 10, 1988, her body was found in a field near Curtis Road and Falcon Highway. The cause of death is undetermined.
Ms. Lewis, a 17 year old, was last seen on September 8, 1988 at Prospect Lake. On September 11, 1988, her body was discovered in a ditch off of Goldfield Road near the Widefield subdivision. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was asphyxiation.
Kelly L. Asher
Ms. Asher, a 27 year old, was last seen October 13, 1988 leaving the DeVille Motel on South Nevada Avenue. On October 18, 1988, her body was discovered lying on the side of Highway 115, south of Colorado Springs. The cause of death is undetermined.
Ms. Irwin, a 24 year old, was last seen on April 18, 1990 by her family. On April 19, 1990, her body was discovered in the vicinity of Rampart Range Road and Loy Gulch Road. The cause of death is undetermined.
Thomas L. Livingston
On April 23, 1994, Mr. Livingston, a 35 year old, received a package by mail. When he opened the package it exploded killing him.
Ricky A. Espinoza
Mr. Espinoza, a 37 year old, was last seen on June 24, 2001, walking along South Nevada Avenue from East Las Vegas Street. On June 28, 2001, his body was found in a landfill in southeastern El Paso County. The autopsy was unable to determine a cause of death.
Francisco Felix-Ochoa, a 33 year old, was last seen on May 31, 2009. On September 18, 2009 his body was discovered in the bushes off of Highway 115. The autopsy revealed Mr. Felix-Ochoa had been shot multiple times.
Jamie Essig, a 30 year old, was last seen on March 9, 2011 on Candlestar Loop North, in Fountain, Colorado. On September 11, 2011 her remains were found off of Vollmer Road in Northern El Paso County. The cause of death is undetermined.
Missing Persons - Suspicious Circumstances
Linda J. Barker
Ms. Barker, a 29 year old, was last seen on April 7, 1982 leaving her residence, 11340 Goodson Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was driving a white/blue blazer, Colorado license plates UA-6471. Ms. Barker has never been located.
Bryan D. Ambrose
Mr. Ambrose, a 23 year old, was last seen on September 8, 1982 leaving the Rainbow Motel, 3709 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado and was going to the Denver Metro area. On September 9, 1982, Mr. Ambrose’s Ford pickup truck was found in Pueblo, Colorado. Investigators learned Mr. Ambrose may have met up with a Carlos Anthony Torres, aka: "Cat." Torres had a tattoo of a black cat on his left shoulder. Mr. Ambrose has never been located.
Austin and Edward Bryant
On January 22, 2011 the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a report of two missing children. The reporting parties informed investigators the two missing boys lived at 18060 Granite Circle in Monument, Colorado, with their adoptive parents Edward and Linda Bryant. Upon interviewing Edward and Linda in Texas, investigators learned the boys had run away in 2005. Edward claimed the boys ran away on separate dates while Linda stated they ran away at the same time. Edward and Linda have been receiving monthly payments from Colorado DHS due to the boys having special needs. Both parents admitted to claiming the boys were still living with them and have been arrested on theft charges.
On October 14, 2012 the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a phone call from Paul Nichols in Chicago, Illinois who wished to report his daughter, Kara Nichols, as a Missing Person. Her address given was 6710 Mission Road, in Colorado Springs. Paul said that Kara has a history of heroin use and had recently been in rehab. He said his son, Terrance "Terry" Nichols, lives in Colorado Springs and was the last known person to have contact with Kara on October 9, 2012.
Timothy Lee Copley
Mr. Copley left his residence located at 4319 W. Colorado Ave in Colorado Springs on June 20, 2014, to attend a 9:00 AM counseling meeting at the Warriors Support Center located at 1330 Quail Lake Loop, Colorado Springs. He was traveling by bus and missed his connection while at the bus terminal. He telephoned his girlfriend from the bus terminal and stated he would be returning home since he missed his connection. Mr. Copley has never returned home.
She was last seen on 04/30/ 2015 at a hotel located at 430 W Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs. Lori was known to travel between Washington State and Colorado. Her vehicle, a gold KIA van, was located in the Southgate area of Colorado Springs in the 2000 block of South El Paso Street.