Case Number: 00-29340
The Victim: Monique LaSuer, age 26, moved to Colorado Springs from California in April 2000. She was employed as night auditor at the Best Western Palmer House hotel, which was then located on the northwest corner of Fillmore Street and North Chestnut Street in Colorado Springs. On the night of Tuesday, 8/29/00, she reported for her usual shift at 11:00 PM, and was scheduled to work alone at the front desk area until 7:00 AM of the following morning.
The Crime: At about 5:30 AM on the morning of Wednesday, August 30, 2000, fellow employees of the Palmer House came to work and found the murdered body of Ms. LaSuer in the front office area of the hotel. Investigtion revealed she had been strangled to death, and had also sustained blunt force trauma to the head.
The Investigation: During the intitial investigation, and at several points over the following years, a number of potential witnesses and suspects were interviewed, to include fellow employees, guests of the Palmer House around the time of the crime, and the victim's boyfriend. Insufficient evidence was established to charge anyone with Ms. LaSuer's murder, and the investigation remains open at this time.
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