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Victim: Benefiel
Victim: Benefiel

Case Description


File Number: 90-35323

The Victim: Cecelia "C.C."  Benefiel-Cipriani, age 32, shot and killed   on November 16, 1990 at her residence.

The Crime:  On Sunday, November 18, 1990, deputies of the El Paso County Sheriff's Department went to the home of their colleague, Sheriff's Lieutenant Cecelia "C.C." Benefiel-Cipriani, to check her welfare after she inexplicably did not report for her assigned shift at the Sheriff's Department. Upon entering the Ivywild-area home at 124 W. Navajo St., they found Lt. Benefiel-Cipriani lying on the floor, deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.  She was found still wearing her Sheriff's Department uniform, suggesting that she had been attacked shortly after working her last shift and returning home in the early morning hours of Friday, November 16th.  Evidence at the scene indicated that several rooms of the home had been ransacked and valuables gathered together, but it is unknown what, if any, items were actually removed from the house. 

No eyewitnesses were identified, and neighbors did not identify unusual activity around the house near the time of the crime, although it was learned that several residential burglaries had recently occurred in the Ivywild area.  It was not determined whether Lt. Benefiel-Cipriani was personally targeted in the murder, or if she may have interrupted a burglary in progress at her home. Although several potential suspects have been investigated in the years since this crime, no arrests have yet been made.   

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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