A 19-year-old woman, living on her own for the first time, was found beaten to death inside her home three years ago. To this day, Patricia Elliot's murder remains unsolved. Crime Stoppers reporter Jeannette Hynes has more in this Cold Case File.
On April 12, 2001, Patricia Elliot's friends found her body inside her home on Denmark Court, near Academy and Vickers. Since then, police have talked with many people, but they don't have the evidence or the information they need to arrest someone for this young woman's murder.
Patricia Elliot graduated from Falcon High School, and had just started her college career at UCCS. She hadn't decided on a major just yet, and she never got the chance. "Patricia was supposed to meet some friends for dinner. When she didn't show up, they came to her place. And that's when they found her dead inside her apartment," says Detective Derek Graham with the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit.
She was lying on her bathroom floor---beaten to death. Her friends found her the evening of April 12th, but Detective Graham believes she was killed as early as the night before. "What we hope for is that whoever is responsible for doing this has talked to someone that may have information to share with the police."
Investigators believe it's likely Patricia's killer knew her. "In reality, we haven't made an arrest. We're still looking for someone. And a lot of people don't even know that," says Graham.
A young life cut short, and her killer remains free. "There's somebody out there who we haven't talked to that has information who can help us," says Graham.
At this point, police aren't 100% sure why someone would have killed Patricia. They would really like to talk with anyone who may have seen her, talked to her, or been with her in the days and weeks before her death.
Patricia Elliot's murder will remain unsolved unless someone comes forward. You can tell police what you know, without telling them who you are. Just call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP in Colorado Springs or 542-STOP in Pueblo. Remember, your anonymous tip could earn you up to $1,000 cash.