Search for triple murder suspect intensifies
The U.S. Marshals Service Colorado Violent Offender Task Force and the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate a triple murder suspect.
At a news conference on Thursday, December 19, 2013, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor announced that an arrest warrant for three counts of first degree murder and one count of arson has been issued for Harry Mapps. Felony warrants for identity theft and forgery were previously issued for Mapps.
Mapps is accused of shooting three people to death at a home in Rye before setting their house on fire and robbing them.
On Wednesday, November 27, 2013 firefighters discovered the bodies at the home on the 8200 block of Highway 165 in Rye.
The Pueblo County Coroner later identified the bodies and determined that all three victims had died of gunshot wounds. The Sheriff's Office has determined that the fire was an act of arson, most likely set to conceal the suspected homicide.
The victims were identified as Kim tuttle, 51, Reginald Tuttle, 51, and Dawn Roderick, 33.
Mapps is a former employee of the victims and rented a room from them. Mapps also allegedly cashed checks from the victims shortly after the fire at nearby banks.
"We need the public's assistance to bring the perpetrator of this horrific crime to justice." said District of Colorado U.S. Marshal John Kammerzell.
Mapps was last seen driving a blue 2004 Chevrolet Mini-van bearing Texas license plate# 7FSNK.
Anyone with information Mapps' whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service 24 hour tipline at 1-877-WANTED2 (1-877-926-8332). A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading directly to Mapps' arrest.
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