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Human Remains discovered in 2009 Identified

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 9:15 AM [RELEASE AT WILL]:
On Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at around 3:00 PM, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department were sent to 2120 Cheyenne Canyon Road regarding the discovery of some bones. It was determined that personnel from the City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise were conducting a routine cleaning of a storm sewer catch basin at that location when they spotted what they believed to be some bones. They suspended their activities, and notified authorities.
Responding officers found bones that were human. Detectives from the Violent Crimes/Homicide Unit as well as investigators from the El Paso County Coroners Office then began the recovery of the skeletal remains.
As the investigation into developing the identity of the remains continued, they were determined to be male. Among many other activities, including DNA submissions and other investigative efforts, members of the El Paso County Coroners Office coordinated the preparation of a forensic "bust" with facial features. It was planned that this bust would be made public, and could perhaps lead to the identification of the individual. Once completed, detectives from the Violent Crimes/Homicide Unit viewed the bust. Detective Derek Graham, a tenured Homicide Detective since July of 1995, believed he recognized the bust from a missing persons case that was initiated in July of 1996. Further delving occurred, and in January of this year, the remains were positively identified through DNA as Thomas "Richard" Saulsbury of Colorado Springs. Mr. Saulsbury was 49 years old at the time of his disappearance/death. Photos of both the bust and Mr. Saulsbury accompany this release.
At this time, the cause and manner of death has not been determined by the El Paso County Coroners Office. The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information regarding this inquiry is urged to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719.444.7000 or could remain anonymous and earn a cash reward by contacting the Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719.634.STOP (7867).

No further information about this incident is available at this time.

Note to Media: Please do not contact Detectives or Supervisors from the Colorado Springs Police Department Violent Crimes Homicide Unit for information concerning this incident. Updates to the case will come from the Public Affairs Section. Detective Graham is not available for media inquiries.         
Photo of Thomas (Richard) Saulsbury
Photo of Thomas (Richard) Saulsbury
Saulsbury Bust Photos