A man's body is discovered lying on the sidewalk early Tuesday morning in Colorado Springs. Investigators don’t yet know how he died.
The body was found in plain sight, but what wasn't clear, was exactly where he was. His location was in question because he was found, in what many refer to as "no man's land"
"There are jurisdictional lines that run literally through the middle of the road. We don't know exactly where those lines are, so a lot of times it's trying to figure that out," said Sgt. Greg White with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
This "No man’s land" is an area near Colorado Avenue and 31st Street; it stretches west to Manitou Springs.
Even professionals who've been in southern Colorado for years get confused.
"The reason it gets confusing is because of the very challenging jurisdictional lines in that area. The city has annexing some of it but not all of it. It really only matters when it's a major case like this, an unattended death or a homicide," said Sgt. White.
A man's body was on the corner of West Colorado Avenue and Ridge Road, smack in the middle of no man’s land
Colorado Springs Police arrived at the crime scene around 4:00 Tuesday morning. Officers then called the El Paso County’s Sheriff’s Office because they thought it was county territory. Deputies arrived but soon realized that the sidewalk, (where the body was found) was owned by the city; police jurisdiction. The county's jurisdiction was just feet away.
Even though the body was technically in Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is still taking over the case.
Both officers and deputies’ police look forward to new improvements in that area, which will hopefully clear up some of the confusion.
"The Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Administration will start improvements in that area. They will make it nicer, more accessible and kind of revitalize the area. Hopefully with all this new money and construction, we'll have a better idea where those lines are," said White.
Investigators say the man is roughly 50 years old. If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 390-5555.