View Full Version : Clues sought in disappearance of 4 people-last seen w/Scott Kimball, sex abuse victim
April 12th, 2009, 07:02 PM
Scott Kimball, 42, was the last person seen with four people, all of whom disappeared a short time later. He is now in prison on a theft conviction.
Scott Kimball was 10 when his grandmother's neighbor took him to a cabin near Nederland and sexually abused him for the first time.
The abuse went on for seven years, Kimball later told police. Sometimes Theodore Peyton, who was convicted of the abuse in 1991, gave him alcohol before tying him up and assaulting him, according to a document filed in Boulder County court. Once, he held a gun to Kimball's head and threatened to kill his father if the boy told anyone.
More than 30 years later, the victim has become the suspect. Kimball was the last person seen with four people, all of whom disappeared shortly after being spotted with him. One of them was a 19-year-old woman whose remains were found in a remote, mountainous area of Jackson County in 2007. Authorities are investigating whether remains found last month in Utah are those of another victim.
Kimball is now 42 and serving a 48-year prison sentence for theft. He has not been charged in the disappearances and has denied committing any violent crimes — even as he apparently provided information leading authorities to the body in Utah.
"Fuel for the fire"
Experts in psychology and criminal behavior are quick to say that victims of child sexual abuse are not destined to commit abuse of their own. Most do not, said Gregg McCrary, a criminal profiler and retired special agent who spent 26 years with the FBI.
But a lot of offenders do have "troubles" in their background, said McCrary, who now works as a private consultant and teaches forensic psychology at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Combined with other problems such as a personality disorder, abuse "becomes fuel for the fire."
That may be particularly true in cases such as the abuse of Kimball, when it goes unreported for years and the victim carries the psychological burden without benefit of counseling.
"It's one of the things you look at when listing suspects," McCrary said.
A spokeswoman for the FBI referred questions to the Boulder County district attorney's office. A spokeswoman there declined to comment. Kimball's defense attorneys did not return phone calls.
It is the policy of The Denver Post not to name the victims of sexual abuse unless they choose to come forward. In this case, an attorney for Kimball in the theft case disclosed the abuse against him in open court and court records.
According to records filed as part of his 1991 conviction, Peyton befriended Kimball and one of Kimball's relatives in 1976, while living across the street from their grandmother in a Lafayette trailer park. Kimball was 10. His relative was 7. Peyton was 41.
At first their outings were innocent, Kimball and his relative told police years later. Peyton would take them bowling or to his cabin. He bought them presents, gave them money. About a month after they started spending time together, things changed. Peyton insisted on taking only one of them to his cabin at a time, saying the pair fought too much when together.
Both said Peyton would give them alcohol or play games, such as "Truth or Dare," that would become sexual. Years later, Scott Kimball's relative said the assaults were so frequent it was impossible to remember how many times they occurred. Kimball later estimated Peyton took 600 to 700 pictures of him, either nude or partially clothed, according to a court document.
The abuse stopped when Kimball and his relative reached their teen years, rejected Peyton's advances and told him what he did to them was wrong.
In 1989 — about six years after the abuse ended — Kimball's mother met with a detective for the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. Scott Kimball had tried to kill himself, she said. During counseling, the allegations of abuse surfaced.
Peyton was charged in January 1990 with six counts of sexual assault on a child. In January 1991, a jury convicted him on all counts. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.
According to news accounts from the time, Peyton denied at trial and during his sentencing that he did anything wrong.
Because his conviction occurred prior to July 1, 1991, when Colorado's sex-offender registration law took effect, Peyton is not required to register his address with police.
Now 74, Peyton still lives in Nederland. Approached at his home there, Peyton acknowledged knowing Kimball and said he was aware Kimball is currently in jail. But he refused to discuss his relationship with Kimball or the sex-abuse case.
Still seeking clues
Authorities still are looking for remains and other evidence in the disappearances of Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod, Leann Emry and Terry Kimball, all of whom were last seen alive with Scott Kimball.
Kimball met Marcum while serving time for fraud in a federal detention center with her boyfriend. In 2002, authorities let Kimball out early to work as an informant for the FBI. He and Marcum spoke on the phone almost daily and met in person a half-dozen times, according to court records. A few months later, Marcum, 25, went missing. Kimball later told an FBI agent that a drug dealer had killed her.
McLeod, 19, was last seen in August 2003, while Kimball was dating the girl's mother. McLeod's boyfriend said Kimball picked her up the day she disappeared. Her partial remains were found in late 2007 in Jackson County.
Emry also was last seen with Kimball in 2003. Her car was later found abandoned near Moab, Utah, about 18 miles from where human remains were found earlier this month. A source with knowledge of the case told The Denver Post that authorities had been to the area with Kimball.
Terry Kimball, Scott Kimball's uncle, disappeared in 2004, after staying at Scott Kimball's home.
In 2005, Kimball was arrested for violating conditions of his supervised release on a previous, unrelated conviction. About that time, Marcum's and McLeod's fathers went to the FBI and urged them to investigate Kimball.
April 12th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Peyton got 7 years for sexual abuse and Kimble's serving 48 for theft. What the fuck did he steal?
April 12th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Peyton got 7 years for sexual abuse and Kimble's serving 48 for theft. What the fuck did he steal?
April 12th, 2009, 07:51 PM
Thats exactly what I was coming to ask.What the hell is worth 48 yrs for taking?
April 12th, 2009, 11:16 PM
It looks like he pled guilty to check forgery, but because of prior convictions he was sentenced as a habitual criminal -- earning him 4X what the normal sentence would.
A Boulder native under investigation in the disappearance of four people in Colorado pleaded guilty Wednesday in Boulder County District Court to felony theft in an unrelated case.
Scott Lee Kimball, 42, was immediately sentenced to 48 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $72,000 in restitution.
District Judge James Klein gave the defendant the heavy sentence because Kimball also pleaded guilty to three counts of being a habitual criminal, charges that quadruple the normal sentencing range.
All other charges in the case, in which Kimball admits to siphoning more than $50,000 from a Lafayette optometrist's bank account, were dropped. Charges in another Boulder County theft and forgery case involving Kimball were also dropped as part of the agreement with prosecutors.
Kimball, who was born in Boulder, is reportedly in negotiations to enter into a plea arrangement with authorities in the disappearance of four people over the past five years.
The deal could involve Kimball leading police to the remains of two missing women, sources told the Rocky Mountain News last week.
Kimball is a former FBI informant who was released from prison in 2002 to help agents investigate a suspect apprehended in connection with an ecstasy drug ring.
In the years after his release, three women and his uncle, Terry Kimball, disappeared after having last been seen with Scott Kimball, authorities say. The remains of one of those women -- 19-year-old Kaysi McLeod -- were found earlier this year in Jackson County.
In Wednesday's court hearing, Kimball answered Klein's questions about the Boulder charges with four successive "guilty" pronouncements. His feet and hands were shackled as he stood at a podium with one of his public defenders.
He admitted to writing nine checks totaling $55,900 from an account belonging to Lafayette optometrist Cleve Armstrong in 2006. He made the checks out to companies in which he was the sole principal, prosecutors said.
Kimball also acknowledged Wednesday that he has been convicted in Washington state, Montana and Denver on charges of forgery, possession of counterfeit securities and theft in three cases over the past seven years, earning him the habitual criminal charges in the case.
April 14th, 2009, 10:53 AM
The human remains that suspected serial killer Scott Lee Kimball led investigators to in Moab, Utah, most likely belong to Leann Emry, a Colorado woman missing since 2003.
The FBI conducted DNA testing on the bones and are 99 percent sure the remains are Emry, Grand County Sheriff Jim Nyland told the Salt Lake Tribune on Monday.
Kimball, in custody on unrelated theft charges, told investigators the area where the bones of Emry and another missing woman, Jennifer Marcum might be, but he has denied killing anyone.
Kimball, 42, is suspected in the disappearances of four people, including Emry; Marcum, who danced at a Glendale strip club; his own uncle Terry Kimball, and Kaysi McCleod, the 19-year-old daughter of his former wife.
The bones of McCleod were found in Jackson County in September 2007, five years after she disappeared.
No homicide charges have been filed against him.
July 1st, 2009, 09:30 AM
Possible fifth one:
Eagle County sheriff's officials say human remains were discovered in a backcountry area of Vail Pass Monday during a search as part of an FBI investigation.
FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright confirms that agents were in the area Monday. Wright declined to say whether the search was part of its investigation into Scott Lee Kimball, 42, who has connections to four people who disappeared in 2003 and 2004.
The newspaper, however, says an unnamed source close to the investigation believes the remains are those of Terry Kimball, 60, Scott Kimball's uncle.
Scott Kimball is a former cooperating witness for the FBI. In March, he led investigators to the remains of Leann Emry, 24, in a remote canyon in southeastern Utah. He also claims to know the whereabouts of another woman's remains in the same area.
Scott Kimball has not been charged in any of the disappearances or deaths. He is a former FBI informant who is being investigated in connection with the deaths of four people but has never been charged. Emry, Terry Kimball, Kaysi McLeod, 19, and Jennifer Marcum, 25, all disappeared in 2003 and 2004.http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705314119/Human-remains-in-Colorado-may-belong-to-victim-of-serial-killer.html
July 2nd, 2009, 01:52 PM
DENVER, Colorado (CNN)
-- Serving time for lesser crimes, Scott Kimball is leading investigators to bodies.
Scott Kimball is currently serving a 48-year sentence on theft and habitual criminal convictions.
Partly mummified bones thought to be those of his uncle, Terry Kimball, were discovered Monday in a remote Rocky Mountain pass near Vail, Colorado. DNA tests are pending to confirm the victim's identity, and the cause of death is pending a forensic examination, authorities said.
Terry Kimball is one of several suspected homicide victims associated with Scott Kimball since his jailing in 2008. He is serving a 48-year sentence in state prison in Fairplay, Colorado, on theft and habitual criminal convictions.
Kimball will also serve a 70-month federal sentence on firearms charges after the state sentence. The firearms charges led to Kimball's 18th conviction.
However, Kimball probably will not be charged in any of the deaths.
Sources with knowledge of the cases said Kimball's December 2008 plea to theft and habitual criminal charges, and the 48-year sentence, was part of a deal that included revealing the locations of the bodies. Authorities wanted to give victims' families resolution. Without his cooperation, authorities doubt they have enough evidence to convict him.
Earlier this year, Kimball revealed where the remains thought to be his uncle's were, according to law enforcement sources close to the case. However, the search was delayed until snow had melted.
The FBI would not confirm that Kimball, 42, identified the site. However, FBI spokeswoman Kathleen Wright said, "we went to (a) specific location for a specific reason. It wasn't random."
Terry Kimball, 60 at the time, was last seen with Scott Kimball in September 2004, according to a 2007 federal search warrant affidavit.
Scott Kimball told his wife that his uncle had won the lottery and left for Mexico with a stripper, the affidavit said, but FBI investigators think Kimball killed his uncle and dumped his body in Vail Pass, more than 100 miles from the home they shared in a Denver suburb.
In March, Kimball accompanied FBI investigators to southeastern Utah to search for the body of Leann Emry, who was 24 when she vanished after departing on a camping trip in 2003. FBI agents found Emry's remains shortly after Kimball returned to jail.
Kaysi McLeod was 19 when she disappeared in 2003. McLeod, the daughter of Kimball's ex-wife, was last seen getting a ride to work from Kimball, according to the 2007 affidavit. In fall 2007, a hunter found her remains in northwest Colorado.
Kimball is also suspected in the disappearance of exotic dancer Jennifer Marcum, who disappeared in 2003, according to the affidavit.
Sources close to the investigation say they think Kimball killed Marcum and buried her body near Rifle, Colorado. Authorities have not found her remains.
"We are continuing to look for Jennifer, and we will leave no stone unturned," Wright said.
Kimball drew the FBI's attention in 2002 while jailed for writing bad checks. Kimball offered authorities information about his cellmate, Steven Ennis, who was suspected in a drug ring, according to the 2007 affidavit. The FBI arranged Kimball's release and began paying him as an informant.
Kimball was supposed to report back to the FBI on Marcum, Ennis' former girlfriend, when she disappeared.
The FBI would not reveal how long or how much Kimball was paid. He was arrested again in March 2006 near Palm Springs, California, after a police chase and standoff. http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/07/02/colorado.bodies/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
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July 10th, 2009, 07:46 AM
If the kids who were molested grew up and killed their molester/enabler I'd applaud them , but it can't be used as an excuse for murdering innocent victims .
October 7th, 2009, 12:11 PM
Prosecutors have filed two counts of second-degree murder against a Colorado inmate with links to four missing or dead people.
Scott Lee Kimball was charged Tuesday in Boulder County in the deaths of his 60-year-old uncle, Terry Kimball, and Jennifer Marcum, a federal witness against one of Kimball's former cell mates.
The FBI says Kimball also had ties to 24-year-old Leann Emry, whose body was found in eastern Utah in March, and 19-year-old Kaysi McLeod, whose remains were found in northwest Colorado in September.http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20091006/NEWS/910069960
October 8th, 2009, 07:07 PM
An accused serial killer on Thursday pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder that covered the deaths of four people and agreed to a sentence of 70 years in prison.
The plea agreement that 43-year-old Scott Lee Kimball took on Thursday carries an additional prison sentence on top of a 48 years sentence he is already serving in an earlier Boulder County theft case. The theft sentence will run concurrently with the murder sentence, which he will begin serving as of Thursday.
He agreed to a sentence of 48 years for the murder of his uncle Terry Kimball in the first count. In the second count - encompassing the deaths of Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod and LeAnn Emry - he agreed to a sentence of 22 years. Under the agreement he waived his right to a sentence reconsideration. He did not agree to serve as a witness against anyone else in order to get the deal and agreed that the deal does not mean he cannot be prosecuted in any other case.
March 31st, 2010, 09:32 PM
Wow imagine that
Convicted Serial Killer Was A Paid FBI Informant
ST. LOUIS, MO - Victims' family members in St. Louis and Springfield Illinois, fought the Feds to get him locked up. Jennifer Marcum was talking to her Dad about opening up a coffee shop when she disappeared. She was living in Denver. Relatives put up billboards to find her. They learned she'd associated with an FBI drug informant who was linked to other missing people. He was a charismatic man named Scott Kimball.
Bob Marcum said, "We were waiting for a phone call... A couple days later the FBI called us.... It was terrible and I told them they needed to call down to her sister in St. Louis."
Jennifer's family was suspicious of Kimball. So they went to Colorado to meet him in person. Bob Marcum said Kimball made strange comments about the murder.
Marcum explained, "He was saying that the FBI knew where Jennifer was and he couldn't understand why they hadn't gone and claimed her body. They were waiting for a hiker to find her or something."
And it's not only Jennifer Marcum who was missing. At least three others linked to Kimball were missing as well. The killer's ex-wife thinks he may have killed them under the FBI's nose.
Lori McLeod said, "Nobody was watching Scott. They were just giving him money "
McLeod married Kimball in the midst of his killings. She too became suspicious and tried to warn Kimball's FBI handler..
McLeod said, "I told him Casey [McLeod] was missing. That was it. He didn't do anything. You know two girls are now missing around Scott."
Later, her ex-husband's dark side was confirmed. The Marcums, McLeods and a third family -- demanded the Feds press their "inside man." Kimball finally cracked. Last fall, he agreed to help investigators find Jennifer Marcum's body in exchange for a plea deal -- second degree murder on 4 counts.
He said, "I am a good guy. Even a good guy can have a bad side." He added, "Once you get yourself, you cross a line - there's no going back. You have to remember, I'm a criminal. Criminals are involved in bad things."
Kimball is amused the FBI paid him for information.
He said, "I keep referring to them as the most elite police force in the world because that's what they call themselves and it kind of reminds me of the keystone cops and the 3 stooges."
No comment from the Colorado FBI office.
Bob Marcum said, "You never really can get over something like this, no matter if they find her, it's the time that you lose that you'll never got to spend with her."
Jennifer Marcum was 25 years old. While her family hangs onto the the time they had together, they ask all law enforcement to be careful of the deals they cut with criminals.
Kimball's plea deal on four second degree murder counts means 70 years in prison, with a chance of parole in half that time. http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-fox-files-serial-killer-033010,0,6477796.story
April 21st, 2010, 04:16 PM
CBS' 48 Hours to air show on Boulder County serial killer Scott Kimball Saturday
The true-crime drama series 48 Hours Mystery announced this week that it will air a one-hour program Saturday evening about one of Colorado's most notorious serial killers.
The program, which airs locally on CBS 4 Denver at 9 p.m., will profile Scott Kimball, who killed four people while acting as a paid informant for the FBI.
Kimball, who grew up in Lafayette, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder last fall for killing Kaysi McLeod, 19; Jennifer Marcum, 25; LeAnn Emry, 24; and his 60-year-old uncle, Terry Kimball.
He committed the murders over a 20-month period in 2003 and 2004 but wasn't linked to the homicides for several years.
Last month, the Camera ran a 15-part series on the Kimball case, titled Free to Kill. It is still accessible at scottleekimball.com.
September 14th, 2010, 11:39 PM
FBI probing possible Kimball tie to Westminster murder
WESTMINSTER, Colo. - FOX31 News has learned the FBI is investigating convicted serial killer Scott Lee Kimball as a prime suspect in one of the metro area's most gruesome murders.
In October of 2004, the naked body of a young woman was found near a dumpster at a Westminster strip mall near 76th and Sheridan. Her hands had been cut off and it took police weeks to identify her.
Finally, Dachelle Powell recognized a composite picture and identified the "Jane Doe" as her sister-in-law, 26-year-old Catrina Powell.
The Adams County Coroner says she died a "horrible death," which is sadly an understatement.
The autopsy report, never released before, describes gruesome sexual torture and mutilation. The killer used chemicals so harsh they burned the body to wash away evidence.
The young woman was brutally beaten, especially about the head, strangled and then her hands were cut off.
FOX31 News has learned the FBI is talking to witnesses about Scott Lee Kimball, who is doing prison time in connection with the murders of three other young women and his uncle.
The Powell murder occurred during the same time frame, while Kimball was acting as an FBI informant.
Kimball lived not far from where the body was found. And Powell's vulnerable lifestyle is similar to the lifestyles of the other women Kimball preyed upon.
Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, who put Kimball behind bars for the other murders, says he can't comment specifically on the Powell case. He can, however, confirm the FBI is investigating Kimball in relation to other murders.
Meanwhile, Dachelle Powell is trying to raise money to buy her sister-in-law a headstone. She wants one with praying hands, since the killer stole Catrina's identity by removing hers.
September 18th, 2010, 08:55 PM
FBI informant-turned-serial-killer Scott Kimball is under investigation in the unsolved 2004 murder of a woman whose mutilated body was dumped behind a strip mall in Westminster, according to a family member.
Dachelle Powell — whose sister-in-law, Catrina Powell, was beaten to death in October 2004 — told The Denver Post on Tuesday that a detective involved in the case has told her Kimball is being investigated as a potential suspect. The woman also said she has been interviewed by the FBI agent heading the investigation of Kimball, who has pleaded guilty to four murders committed after he was freed from prison to act as an informant in a drug case.
"I don't know exactly what leads them to believe that, and I
Catrina Powell wish somebody would tell me," the woman said.
Catrina Powell, a 26-year-old who had struggled with drugs, was bludgeoned late the night of Oct. 24, 2004, or early the next morning. Her killer severed her hands — perhaps to conceal her identity. She had "Lil Powell" tattooed on her left hand, her sister-in-law said.
Her nude body was dumped behind a strip mall in the 7500 block of Sheridan Boulevard.
If Kimball is ultimately linked to the murder, it would be the fifth killing tied to him following his release from federal prison in December 2002 — a move that was made after he convinced an FBI agent that his cellmate had asked him to kill a witness in a drug case.
The Post reported in August that Kimball was being looked at as a potential suspect in "several" unsolved disappearances and murders.
FBI spokesman Dave Joly declined to discuss the case.
"We're not going to confirm nor deny that we are investigating that," Joly said. "If anything's ongoing, we're not at liberty to say."
Kimball, a longtime con man, was serving time in federal prison when he convinced FBI agents that his cellmate had tried to persuade him to kill a witness in a drug case. Kimball was released Dec. 18, 2002, to act as an informant.
Over the next nine months, three young women who were last seen with Kimball vanished — LeAnn Emry, 24; Jennifer Marcum, 25; and Kaysi McLeod, 19. Then, in mid-2004, Kimball's uncle, Terry Kimball, 60, disappeared.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to all four killings and was sentenced to 70 years in prison.
Dachelle Powell said she was contacted by an FBI agent in the summer of 2009. She was told that investigators were going back over everything in her sister-in-law's case, and the agent didn't mention Kimball. It wasn't until earlier this year that she heard Kimball's name from a reporter.
Read more: Serial killer Kimball investigated in 2004 unsolved murder - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16077161#ixzz0zvsSvwcO
October 16th, 2010, 04:53 PM
Serial killer Scott Kimball may have possible link to Peggy Hettrick's murder
State and federal authorities have launched an investigation into serial killer and Lafayette native Scott Kimball as a potential suspect in one of Colorado's most vexing unsolved murders -- the 1987 stabbing and mutilation of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins, The Denver Post has learned.
The twin investigations, by the FBI and the Colorado attorney general's office, came after a Denver Post examination of evidence in the 2004 murder of a woman in Westminster that has been linked to Kimball found eerie similarities to the wounds suffered by Hettrick.
Catrina Powell, 26, was found dead behind a Westminster strip mall in the early hours of Oct. 25, 2004. Her killer brutally beat and strangled her and severed her hands, apparently in an attempt to prevent the use of fingerprints or a tattoo to identify her.
But an autopsy report showed that her killer also sliced the nipple on one of her breasts and cut tissue in her groin.
"That sounds just like the case in Fort Collins," said Dr. Mike Dobersen, Arapahoe County's coroner, after a Post reporter detailed the wounds suffered by Powell.
Dobersen consulted in the Hettrick case, which is currently before a statewide grand jury, and was familiar with the injuries she suffered.
Hettrick's killer cut off one of her nipples and sliced away tissue near her vagina.
The Hettrick and Kimball cases have been front-page news in recent years -- hers because Tim Masters was convicted of her murder and then ultimately freed after the discovery of new DNA evidence, his because he killed at least four people while serving as an FBI informant.
Neither the FBI nor state investigators would comment.
"We can neither confirm nor deny that an investigation exists," said FBI agent and Denver division spokesman Dave Joly.
"The Hettrick case is the subject of a ongoing grand jury investigation," said Mike Saccone, spokesman for the Colorado attorney general's office. "As such, we can't comment."
Kimball is also getting the attention of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, which is looking into whether he played a role in the unsolved murder of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found near Nederland's Barker Reservoir 26 years ago.
Sheriff Joe Pelle said Friday that his department never had reason to suspect Kimball, 44, in the murder of Tracy Marie Neef, who vanished after her mother dropped her off at school in Thornton on March 16, 1984. Her body was found later that day in a grassy area about a quarter-mile west of Barker Dam.
Scott Kimball looks up while the charges and sentencing requirements are read during his hearing at the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder Colorado October 8, 2009. Kimball has been linked to four suspected murders, including that of his uncle and his ex-wife's daughter, was charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder.
October 17th, 2010, 04:24 PM
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October 18th, 2010, 10:26 PM
Serial killer's DNA not a match in Hettrick murder case
DENVER - DNA on the body of murder victim Peggy Hettrick does not match the DNA of serial killer Scott Kimball, 9Wants to Know has learned. Investigators have been trying to find her killer since Tim Masters was released from prison in 2008 after he was wrongly tried and convicted for her 1987 murder.
"Kimball's DNA evidence has not been found anywhere near the crime scene or on Hettrick's body," a source told 9Wants to Know.
Legal Analyst Scott Robinson says without a DNA match to Kimball, he is no longer a viable lead for investigators.
"Without forensic evidence connecting Kimball to either the crime scene or the location where the body was found, in light of his denials, they have nothing to work with," Robinson said. "It's theoretically possible to commit a crime and not leave a DNA trail, but it's darn hard."
Earlier this year, investigators tested the DNA evidence found on Hettrick using a new technique called "touch DNA." The newly discovered DNA evidence does not belong to Kimball, according to the source.
Masters was freed in 2008 after DNA testing cast doubt on his guilt. Master's DNA was not found on Hettrick's body or at the crime scene. At the time of Masters' conviction in 1999, "touch" DNA testing was not available.
Recently, The Denver Post discovered similarities between Hettrick's unsolved murder and the unsolved murder of Catrina Powell. Kimball, a convicted serial killer, is the main suspect in Powell's murder. In 2009, Kimball admitted to killing four people and is prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the disappearances of three Colorado women in 2003 and his uncle Terry Kimball in 2004.
Powell's naked body was found behind a Westminster strip mall in 2004. Her hands had been cut off and police believe the killer poured acid on her body.
The Post quotes an autopsy report that showed Powell's killer had sliced one of her breast's nipples and tissue from her groin. Hettrick was also sexually mutilated.
But there are also differences between the Hettrick and Powell murders.
Powell had been beaten and strangled. Investigators say the killer cut off her hands and poured acid in an attempt to hide her identity.
Hettrick was stabbed in the back, but no attempt was made to hide her identity.
Attorney General John Suthers tells 9Wants to Know that because the Hettrick case is before a grand jury, it prevents him from commenting.
October 19th, 2010, 12:05 AM
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