Summit County sheriff’s deputies receive FBI commendation |

Summit County sheriff’s deputies receive FBI commendation

Special to the DailySheriff's deputies Mark Watson, left,

SUMMIT COUNTY – Two Sheriff’s deputies recently received commendations from the FBI for their help in locating the body of “Uncle Terry” Kimball on Vail Pass in connection with a murder investigation.

Special operations sergeant Cale Osborn and technician Mark Watson helped assist with the effort that resulted in the conviction of former FBI informant Scott Lee Kimball.

In July 2004, Terry Kimball moved to Colorado to live with his nephew, Scott Kimball. Shortly thereafter, “Uncle Terry” Kimball disappeared. In January 2009, as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of three young women, Boulder County prosecutors made a deal with Scott Kimball. Kimball agreed to lead investigators to the bodies of Jennifer Marcum, LeAnn Emry and “Uncle Terry” Kimball. In exchange, Scott Kimball would plead guilty to theft of $55,000 as a habitual offender – a sentence of 48 years – but he would only face a single count of second-degree murder.

Scott Kimball drew a map to the spot near the top of Vail Pass where he said he stashed “Uncle Terry” Kimball’s body in the woods and wrapped it in a grey tarp bound by about 100 feet of nylon rope. Members of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office attempted to locate the body, but were hampered by nearly 12 feet of snowpack. 

In late June 2009, with the snow finally melted enough to allow the search to resume, authorities again followed the map drawn by Scott Kimball to a logging road near Vail Pass. “Uncle Terry” Kimball’s body was discovered, wrapped in a gray tarp, with an apparent gunshot would to the head. A bullet fragment found at the scene was later found to be consistent with Scott Kimball’s .40-caliber Firestar handgun.

Jennifer Marcum’s body was never found, despite Scott Kimball’s insistence he could lead authorities to the site, and Boulder County prosecutors revoked their deal with Kimball. In October 2009, Scott Kimball pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of LeAnn Emry, Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod and “Uncle Terry” Kimball, and was sentenced to 70 years in prison.

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