Death of Monument child investigated as a homicide
The Denver Post
The death of a small child whose body was discovered Friday in the basement of a Monument home is being investigated as a homicide, authorities say.
“The homicide of a child is one of the most difficult and horrific crimes that law enforcement responds to,” Monument Police Chief Jacob Shirk said. “We are all parents and are deeply saddened by this event.”
Two construction workers working in a vacant duplex called police at 4 p.m. Friday to report they found the body of a young child in the basement of a home at 764 Century Place, Unit A.
The identity, sex, race and age of the child has not been determined, Shirk said. The child could have been anywhere from 1 to 7 years old, he said.
“It was evident that the body had been there for a while,” Shirk said.
Based on the circumstances of where the body was discovered the child’s death was being investigated as a homicide.
The home has been up for sale and several people may have gone into the home without seeing the child, because the body was not in plain sight, Shirk said.
It wasn’t until the construction workers began working that they uncovered the remains, he said.
Authorities are trying to determine who the last person to live in the home was. They will see whether that person had a child.
Shirk said that the town of Monument, which has a population of about 18,000, does not have a missing-child case.
“If it’s ruled as a homicide, it would be the first homicide in the history of Monument,” Shirk said.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is working with Monument police officers in the investigation, Shirk said.
An autopsy was scheduled for this morning by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.
“We are waiting for the results,” Shirk said.
Anyone with information about the case can call the Monument Police Department at 719-481-3253 or the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555.
Kirk Mitchell: 303-954-1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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