A nationwide manhunt continues for a triple homicide suspect, accused of shooting his employer and his employer's family in their sleep.
Undated photo of Harry Mapps.
Arrest warrants have now been issued for Harry Mapps in connection to the murders and for arson, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.
The bodies of Reginald, Kim Tuttle and Dawn were found the day before Thanksgiving after firefighters responded to a fire at the Tuttles' home on the 8200 block of Highway 165 in Rye. The fire tore through the home, leaving it a "shell with a pile of debris," sheriff's office spokeswoman Lisa Shorter described.
Although a person of interest in the murders from early on, only warrants for check forgery and identity theft were issued for Mapps previously. The arson and murder warrants were issued after a thorough investigation of the crime scene and other evidence, the sheriff's office said in Thursday's news conference.
Mapps was an employee at Reginald Tuttle's trucking company, and had been renting a room from him for the past six months. Authorities say at 8:20 a.m. on the day of the fire, Mapps stopped at a bank in Pueblo and cashed a $4,000 check from Tuttle's account. Less than two hours later, he cashed another check for $4,000 at a bank in La Junta. He hasn't been seen since.
Mapps is now one of the most sought after fugitives in the country. The sheriff said tips have come in from across the country, but so far none have led to Mapps, his van or the money he allegedly stole.
As a truck driver, authorities say Mapps likely has knowledge of less-traveled roads across the U.S. The sheriff said he could resort to desperate measures and commit more crimes in an effort to stay on the run.
Mapps is 59 years old, and described as thin with red hair and blue eyes. He was photographed on surveillance the day of the murders with an unkempt beard (see photo on side of page), but may have shaved it off or trimmed it.
He was last seen driving a blue Chrysler Town and Country van with Texas license plate 7FSNK. He is considered armed and dangerous.
If you see him, call authorities right away.
There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to Mapps arrest.