FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Fort Collins police arrested a man Thursday suspected of murdering a Fort Collins woman whose body was found in Lory State Park last week.
Police arrested 30-year-old Khalid White for the murder of Kimberlee Graves. Graves, 41, was reported missing in early December.
Police were unable to contact Graves and reported that her car was gone, and her home appeared to have been ransacked. During the investigation, authorities located her vehicle in a parking garage on Dec. 13.
Authorities found Graves at Lory State Park on Jan. 9, after an employee of the park discovered a deceased woman in the park.
The Larimer County Coroner ruled Graves' death as a homicide caused by blunt force trauma and manual strangulation. The Coroner also found evidence of sexual assault.
Detectives learned that White and Kimberlee knew each other. After White missed a probation appointment on Dec. 14, an arrest warrant was issued.
White left the state on a commercial bus. Police in West Wendover, Nevada intercepted White on Dec. 20. He was then booked into the Elko County Jail.
While in jail, officers discovered that he had Graves' identification and other items that belonged to her.
Fort Collins detectives traveled to Nevada to interview Khalid regarding Graves' disappearance.
After further investigation and the discovery of Graves' body, detectives found evidence linking White to following the crimes:
- First Degree Murder (class 1 felony)
- Tampering with a Deceased Human Body (class 3 felony)
- Sexual Assault (class 4 felony)
- Identity Theft (class 4 felony)
This case remains under active investigation. Detectives estimate that Kimberlee was killed on the night of December 4 or early morning of December 5. Police believe the ransacking of her home occurred after she disappeared as several people had access to the residence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Fort Collins Police.
This case remains under active investigation.