Investigators have new details about a car that may have been involved in the shooting death of a yet unidentified man in El Paso County. They're asking the public for help.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says gray, 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, four-door sedan may be involved with the crime. The man's body was dumped on some private property along Highway 115 near the Fremont County line. The property owner was cleaning up weeds on Friday when he made the gruesome discovery.
Authorities now believe a grey 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, four-door sedan, may have been involved in the crime. The vehicle has a Colorado license plate, 075-TON.
The victim has not yet been identified since the body was badly decomposed. It's not clear how long the body was lying on the property before being discovered, but El Paso County investigators say they may have to use dental records, or DNA to figure out who the victim is.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says they are dealing with a homicide. "We are actively pursing this as a homicide in El Paso County. We're glad that we were able to get the autopsy conducted [Saturday] this morning," said Lt. Lari Sevene with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Sevene says it appears the victim was shot more than once.
At first investigators thought the circumstances around the man's death were strange. What with a dead body found right off Highway 115 behind some bushes. But Saturday morning's autopsy confirmed what they suspected. The man didn't get there accidentally. They say someone shot and killed him and tried to cover it up.
Mike Baier owns the 25-acre chunk of land where the body was found along with another man who is 90-years-old. It was he who spotted what looked like a dead body, but needed Baier to tell him if he was right. "As soon as I seen it I knew what it was," said Baier.
Baier says the man was lying face down over an embankment only feet up his driveway. "Like somebody pulled in there and dumped the body," said Baier.
The gunned down victim was hidden well under twigs and scrub oak. Baier says the murdered man was still wearing his boots and jeans. "It is terrifying to see something like that," said Baier.
But perhaps what he says might be more terrifying is that whoever did it wasn't far from where he sleeps. "To know that a murderer pulled into your driveway and dropped off a body," said Baier. The body was discovered about 100 yards away from his home.
The sheriff's office says the victim hadn't been there very long. They say it likely happened with-in the last few months.
As for Baier, he says very soon, he plans to install motion lights at the end of his drive way.
If you know anything you're asked to call the sheriff's office at 719-390-5555. You can also make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.
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