FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. - The Fremont County Sheriff's Office lieutenant who was placed on administrative leave following the discovery of evidence in a storage unit he previously owned has retired.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office announced Lt. Robert Dodd's retirement on Monday, April 24.
This investigation started when Rick Ratzlaff of Canon City brought to the public's attention that some of the items he had just purchased from a storage unit previously owned by Lt. Dodd could be evidence related to a decade-old homicide case of 17-year-old Candace Hiltz.
Hiltz was shot and killed in her family's home in Copper Gulch in 2006.
Evidence found in the storage unit included envelopes that were marked "evidence" and included bloody socks, a hatchet, a rope, a blanket and a shell casing.
Ratzlaff allowed Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker and Cmdr. Jeff Worley to check out the unit on December 30. When Ratzlaff went back to the unit, some of the evidence had disappeared.
On Jan. 16, Beicker held a short press conference on the case. He stated that Dodd was on administrative leave and that with the consultation of CBI, he and Worley "cataloged, photographed, collected and secured the items."
The Pueblo Chieftain is reporting that Dodd has moved to Texas.
A final report on the investigation has yet to be released by the CBI, so we are unsure if charges will follow at this time.
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