Cold Case Unit

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office currently has eighteen cold homicide cases and four missing person cases with suspicious circumstances. The cold Case Unit consists of one full time detective and one volunteer. If you have any information on any of the Sheriff’s Office unsolved cases, please contact Detective Jeff Nohr at (719) 520-7225 or e-mail him at jeffnohr@elpasoco.com

Robert Browne Arrested in 2006 for a 1987 Cold Case Homicide
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JoAnne P. Harris

Case: 69-3328
Ms. Harris, a 39 year old, was last seen at the Ivy Wild Inn, 1529 S. Nevada Avenue on October 13, 1969. Ms. Harris' body was discovered on November 16, 1969, along the road to NORAD. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was strangulation.


 

Jose L. Valenzuela

Jose L. Valenzuela

Case: 73-14300
Mr. Valenzuela, a 47 year old, was last seen at the Ivy Wild Inn, 1529 South Nevada Avenue on October 25, 1973. He was later found deceased behind the building. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
 


 

Francis G. Romisch

Francis G. Romisch

Case: 75-2264
Mr. Romisch, a 19 year old Fort Carson soldier, was found on June 17, 1975 along Highway 115. The autopsy revealed Mr. Romisch had been shot multiple times.

 


 

Cristobal F. Delgado

Cristobal F. Delgado

Case: 75-2444
On June 23, 1975, two unknown males entered Hoyles Market, 1638 South Nevada Avenue demanding money. Mr. Delgado, a 53 year old, was killed during the robbery. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was as result of a gunshot wound.

Suspects in the Cristobal F. Delgado Case


 

Peggy S. Gaylord

Peggy S. Gaylord

Case: 78-6798
Ms. Gaylord, an 18 year old, was last seen hitchhiking south on Highway 115, south of Colorado Springs. On December 12, 1978, her body was discovered alongside Barrett Road, west of Highway 115. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.


 

William D. Bennington

William D. Bennington

Case: 82-1516
Mr. Bennington, a 26 year old, was last seen on December 23, 1981 in Woodland Park, Colorado. On May 5, 1982, his body was discovered off of Rampart Range Road in El Paso County. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.


 

Percilla (Badial) Bowers

Percilla (Badial) Bowers

Case: 85-2783
Ms. Bowers, a 19 year old, was last seen by her family hitchhiking on Highway 85/87 in September 1984. On August 12, 1985, her remains were found in a shallow grave on Pine Oaks Road. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.


 

John Doe

John Doe

Case: 86-4787
On November 3, 1986, skeletal remains were discovered in a field in southern El Paso County. Clothing included a bluish-green sweatshirt and size 30/33 Calvin Klein jeans. It was determined the victim was a white male, 30-40 years old, approximately 5’5”. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was a gunshot wound. His identity is still unknown.


 

Linda L. Robson

Linda L. Robson

Case: 87-2125
Ms. Robson, a 27 year old, was last seen leaving the Starlite Lounge in Fountain, Colorado, on December 28, 1986. On May 11, 1987, her body was found in southeastern El Paso County. She may have been killed in her Fountain home. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.


 

Walter Mueller

Walter Mueller

Case: 88-2423
Mr. Mueller, a 32 year old, and was last seen leaving work on North Nevada Avenue on March 8, 1988. He left work early not feeling well. On April 11, 1988, his body was found off of Rampart Range Road. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.


 

Karen D. Aguilera

Karen D. Aguilera

Case: 88-3053
Ms. Aguilera, a 23 year old, was last seen on September 17, 1987. On May 10, 1988, her body was found in a field near Curtis Road and Falcon Highway. The cause of death is undetermined.
 


 

Towana Lewis

Towana Lewis

Case: 88-6053
Ms. Lewis, a 17 year old, was last seen on September 8, 1988 at Prospect Lake. On September 11, 1988, her body was discovered in a ditch off of Goldfield Road near the Widefield subdivision. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was asphyxiation.
 


 

Kelly L. Asher

Kelly L. Asher

Case: 88-6982
Ms. Asher, a 27 year old, was last seen October 13, 1988 leaving the DeVille Motel on South Nevada Avenue. On October 18, 1988, her body was discovered lying on the side of Highway 115, south of Colorado Springs. The cause of death is undetermined.
 


 

Jocynda Irwin

Jocynda Irwin

Case: 90-2993
Ms. Irwin, a 24 year old, was last seen on April 18, 1990 by her family. On April 19, 1990, her body was discovered in the vicinity of Rampart Range Road and Loy Gulch Road. The cause of death is undetermined.

 


 

Thomas L. Livingston

Thomas L. Livingston

Case: 94-4553
On April 23, 1994, Mr. Livingston, a 35 year old, received a package by mail. When he opened the package it exploded killing him.


 


 

Ricky A. Espinoza

Ricky A. Espinoza

Case: 01-7981
Mr. Espinoza, a 37 year old, was last seen on June 24, 2001, walking along South Nevada Avenue from East Las Vegas Street. On June 28, 2001, his body was found in a landfill in southeastern El Paso County. The autopsy was unable to determine a cause of death.
 


 

Francisco Felix-Ochoa

Case: 09-12297
Francisco Felix-Ochoa, a 33 year old, was last seen on 05/31/2009. On 9/18/2009, his body was discovered in the bushes off of Highway 115. The autopsy revealed Mr. Felix-Ochoa had been shot multiple times.
 

 


 

Jamie Essig

Jamie Essig

Case: 12-12983
Jamie Essig, a 30 year old, was last seen on 03/09/2011, on Candlestar Loop North, in Fountain, Colorado. On 09/11/2011, her remains were found off of Vollmer Road in Northern El Paso County. The cause of death is undetermined.

Missing Persons - Suspicious Circumstances

Linda J. Barker

Linda J. Barker

Case: 82-1153
Ms. Barker, a 29 year old, was last seen on April 7, 1982 leaving her residence, 11340 Goodson Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was driving a white/blue blazer, Colorado license plates UA-6471. Ms. Barker has never been located.

 


 

Bryan D. Ambrose

Bryan D. Ambrose

Case: 82-3202
Mr. Ambrose, a 23 year old, was last seen on September 8, 1982 leaving the Rainbow Motel, 3709 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado and was going to the Denver Metro area. On September 9, 1982, Mr. Ambrose’s Ford pickup truck was found in Pueblo, Colorado. Investigators learned Mr. Ambrose may have met up with a Carlos Anthony Torres, aka: "Cat." Torres had a tattoo of a black cat on his left shoulder. Mr. Ambrose has never been located.

 


 

Austin and Edward Bryant

Austin Bryant
Edward Bryant

Case: 11-884
On 01/22/11, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a report of two missing children. The reporting parties informed investigators the two missing boys lived at 18060 Granite Circle in Monument, Colorado, with their adoptive parents Edward and Linda Bryant. Upon interviewing Edward and Linda in Texas, investigators learned the boys had run away in 2005. Edward claimed the boys ran away on separate dates while Linda stated they ran away at the same time. Edward and Linda have been receiving monthly payments from Colorado DHS due to the boys having special needs. Both parents admitted to claiming the boys were still living with them and have been arrested on theft charges.

 


 

Kara Nichols

Kara Nichols

Case: 12-12983
On 10-14-12 the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a phone call from Mr. Paul Nichols in Chicago, Illinois who wished to report his daughter, Kara Nichols, as a Missing Person. Her address given was 6710 Mission Road, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Paul advised that Kara has a history of heroin use and had recently been in rehab. He said his son, Terrance "Terry" Nichols, lives in Colorado Springs and was the last known person to have contact with Kara on 10-09-12.