Author Topic: SAGUACHE COUNTY JOHN DOE: M, 30-40, found in the Rio Grande Forest, CO - 19 October 2002  (Read 360 times)


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Valley cold cases haunt law enforcement

Posted: Thursday, Mar 24th, 2011
By JULIA WILSON Courier staff writer

SAN LUIS VALLEY —“Their voices may now be silent...those who may know the truth are not.”

The motto of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Cold Case Unit is the only hope for families and friends looking for closure when a murder remains unsolved or a missing person is not found.

A case is designated a “Cold Case” when all the available leads have been followed, new information stops coming in, and there have been no arrests.

But that does not mean the cases are forgotten.

“I have the files in my office and go over them regularly to keep them fresh,” Saguache County Sheriff Mike Norris said. Saguache County has two missing persons and one homicide listed by the CBI as cold cases.

The date of the John Doe murder is not known, but his body was discovered on Oct. 19, 2002.

“We’ve searched all the databases,” Norris said. “This one is hard to investigate because we don’t have an identity. If we knew who he was then we could have something to go by.”

DNA and fingerprints have been run through the databases with no results, Norris said.

Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong doesn’t forget his cold cases, either.

“We have the option of picking up the file of a cold case and running with it or turning it over to the CBI Cold Case team,” said Stong. “But whatever we choose to do, we do not forget them.”

Anyone having information on any of these cases can call their local law enforcement group, 911, or Crimestoppers at 719-589-4111.