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Victim: Vialpando
Victim: Mary Vialpando

Case Description

File Number: 88-16514


The Victim: Mary Lynn Vialpando was found murdered on 06-05-88. Mary was married and had a 4 year old child at the time. Mary was 24 years old at the time of her death and was attending Denver Technical University.

The Crime: In the early morning hours 06-05-88 the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified of a deceased female in the north alley of the 2600 block of W. Colorado Avenue. The victim was identified as 24 year old Mary Lynn Vialpando. Mary died of blunt force trauma injuries.

The Investigation: The investigation revealed that Mary was last seen by her husband, his brother and sister-in-law at approximately 2:00 a.m. on 06-05-88. All four had attended a wedding in Pueblo and eventually returned to Colorado Springs. Mary had a verbal argument with her husband and was last seen running away from her house in the 2200 block W. Kiowa Street.

Witnesses believe they may have seen Mary Vialpando inside of Roger's Bar, 2520 W. Colorado Avenue between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. and believe she may have left out the back door.

Several persons were interviewed and several possible suspects were identified. DNA was new technology at the time and was used to assist detectives at the time of this investigation. Current cold case detectives continue to use DNA in an effort to identify the killer of Mary Lynn Vialpando.

The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide Cold Case Unit is currently responsible for approximately 90 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1949. CSPD considers a case to be cold if it remains unsolved for more than one year.


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