The Pueblo Police Department has launched a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead in the 1600 block of Bonforte Boulevard on Wednesday.
According to a Pueblo Police Department press release, police were dispatched to the area around 1:15 p.m. based on a report of a dead body.
Upon arrival, officers located the deceased, who has not yet been identified, and noted “suspicious circumstances” at the scene. Police say detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide.
No arrests have been made, but police are attempting to contact 43-year-old Stephanie Lopez as a person of interest, the release said.
Police say the murder “appears to be an isolated incident with no further threat to the community.” The investigation is active and ongoing.
The identity of the deceased will be released by the Pueblo County Coroner’s Office pending notification to their next of kin.
The incident marks the 25th homicide in the city of Pueblo this year and the 28th homicide nationwide. Pueblo recorded 30 homicides in 2021 — a number that both Pueblo Police Chief Steven “Chris” Noeller and Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter said were the most they’d seen in a span of a year during their careers.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or Lopez’s whereabouts is encouraged by Pueblo PD to contact police at 719-553-2502 or Detective Joe Cardona at 719-240-0130.
To remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (719-542-7867) or visit pueblocrimestoppers.com. Information leading to a felony arrest may qualify the filing party for a monetary reward.
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Police are investigating a fatal accident Wednesday night
Police are also investigating a fatal accident that occurred Wednesday night in which 46-year-old Seledonio Rodriguez was killed.
According to a Thursday press release, officers were sent to the 1000 block of E Northern Avenue at approximately 9:15 p.m. in connection with a single-vehicle accident.
Through their investigation, police determined that the vehicle was traveling east on Northern Avenue when the driver reportedly “deviated from the right side of the roadway and hit a fence”.
“The vehicle drove on and hit a telephone pole, then tumbled several times before coming to rest on its side. The driver was thrown from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene,” police said in the press release.
Police say speed is being investigated as a factor in the wreck. An autopsy is scheduled and Rodriguez’s next of kin have been notified, Cotter announced Thursday.
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