Police are asking for the public's help in locating the vehicle that a homicide suspect rode in on the day the body was discovered.
On August 21, a man's body was found in a room at the Chief Motel, located on 1624 S. Nevada near the interstate. Suspect Santos Joseph Torres, 49, was arrested a day later. Torres was arrested on charges of first-degree murder. Also arrested on the same charge was Jeannette Silvia, 48.
Detectives believe that on the 21st around 5:40 p.m., Torres was picked up from an accident site at Security Boulevard and Willis Drive in Security, and taken to a nearby home. The vehicle has been identified as a small, white older-model SUV.
Police stress that that occupants of the vehicle are not considered suspect or persons of interest in the murder investigation, but would like to speak to those who were in the SUV that day. Anyone who knows their whereabouts, or anyone who was in the vehicle on the evening of the 21st, is asked to call Detective John Koch at 444-7535.
The victim was identified as Michael Ramirez, 59. His death is the 17th homicide of 2012 in Colorado Springs, two less than at the same time last year.