Landfill worker finds apparent evidence linked to lieutenant

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PENROSE, Colo. (KKTV/AP) - More pieces of apparent evidence linked to a former Fremont County sheriff's lieutenant have been found.

CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/TRACY HARMON A video tape of sexual assault case and other interviews was recovered at the landfill. Names on the label have been redacted.

Robert Dodd, who resigned from the sheriff's department last month, had already been charged with abuse of public records and two counts of second-degree official misconduct before the recent findings.

The new apparent evidence had been found in a landfill trash bin collected from Dodd's former residence. A worker attempted to call the district attorney's office to report it, but ended up contacting a Pueblo Chieftain reporter, who then went to the landfill. The man also reached out to 11 News.

Sheriff Jim Beicker with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office provided the following statement to 11 News reporter Katie Pelton on the issue:

Hello Ms. Pelton this situation is being investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, and our local District Attorney’s Office. I have no information about what may have been discovered at the landfill.

Sgt. Megan Richards with the sheriff's office had this to say Thursday afternoon:

The FCSO has no official knowledge of the events reported in the article, so we won't be commenting on it.

Among the items found had been a computer, an envelope marked "evidence" that contained a DVD and a videotape labeled as containing a sexual assault investigation interview.

The original charges stem from evidence linked to the 2006 homicide of Candace Hiltz found in one of Dodd's old storage units.