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Victim: MacEahern
Victim: MacEahern

Case Description 


File Number: 78-19210


The Victim: Neil MacEahern 63 years old, shot and killed 11/22/78


The Crime: At approximately 10:52 p.m. on 11/22/1978, a CSPD patrol officer discovered Dr. Neil MacEahern shot to death in a vehicle in the Candlelight Inn parking lot, 3820 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs. Autopsy concluded that manner of death was homicide resulting from multiple gunshot wounds.


Based on the crime scene it was highly probable that this was a robbery and murder.  His wallet was found empty of cash and credit cards.  Two of his blank checks and a checkbook receipt were found on the ground nearby. 


Dr. MacEahern arrived at the Candlelight Inn bar at approximately 10 p.m. He was observed by several patrons in the bar to have a few drinks and depart sometime between 10:30 and 11 p.m.  He did not have any confrontations and did not show or indicate he had a lot of money on his person.  Patrons observed him to be in a pleasant mood and to keep to himself.  No one observed anyone following Dr. MacEahern out of the bar when he departed. The investigation into Dr. MacEahern?s death remains open.

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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