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File Number: 49-14617


The Victim: Walter Parsons, 18 years old, died as a result of strangulation on 01/20/49.


The Crime: At approximately 3:00 p.m. 0n 1/20/1949, a couple driving in the Garden of the Gods in the vicinity of the municipal gravel pit and the city filter plant discovered a body lying just off the road. Police dispatcher was contacted and detectives responded to the scene and found the nude body of a young white male.  The victim was identified as Walter Parsons, 18 years old.  Autopsy concluded that cause of death was strangulation with blunt force trauma to the side of the head and mouth contributing.

Mr. Parsons resided in a cabin just south of the Red Cloud Inn, Cascade, CO.  The owners of the Inn employed him.  A thorough search of Mr. Parsons? residence did not turn up anything of evidentiary value. Numerous interviews of Mr. Parsons? friends failed to develop any leads or reasons for this murder.

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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