22-year-old woman ID’d in homicide investigation; found lying off Highway 24

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 6:54 AM MDT
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CASCADE, Colo. (KKTV) - A body found off Highway 24 is being investigated as a homicide victim.

On Tuesday, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Dedrea Duncan.

“She was the light of my heart,” said Judy Bartlett, Duncan’s mother. “Whenever I was down, I was calling her for her to pick me up. And she would do the same thing with me.”

Duncan’s mother, Judy Bartlett, tells 11 News she learned about her daughter’s death Friday afternoon. She lives hundreds of miles away in California, where Duncan is from.

“My stomach just dropped when I looked down and I saw it was the sheriff trying to get a hold of me,” said Bartlett.

Bartlett says authorities have not revealed many details about her daughter’s death. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case as a homicide.

A passerby saw someone lying on the side of the road in the Cascade area early Friday morning and called 911. El Paso County sheriff’s deputies responded just after 6 a.m.

“When deputies arrived on scene, they did find an adult female who was deceased,” said Jacqueline Kirby, a spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

The westbound side of Highway 24 was closed for hours while deputies investigated.

“Somebody knows something out there,” said Bartlett. “She didn’t have a car, so how did she get where she was? Somebody drove her out there and whoever’s car she was in knows something. Whoever picked her up from wherever her last conversation was they have to know something.”

The sheriff’s office said Tuesday that detectives are continuing to investigate this homicide to determine who may have been involved with this death. At the time of this update, there are still no suspects or arrests.

They are asking anyone who saw anything around the date of the crime, no matter how insignificant it seemed, to contact the sheriff’s office at 719-520-6666.

“Any information may prove valuable in solving the case and could consist of things as simple as local residents remembering suspicious vehicles or people they saw in or around the area on the date of this crime,” EPSO said in a news release.

This is the eighth homicide this year in unincorporated El Paso County. At this time last year there were six.

Duncan’s family has created a GoFundMe page to help with travel costs and expenses. Click here to visit the page.

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