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Victim: Walter Parsons
Walter Parsons

Case Description


Case Number: 49-14617


The Victim: Walter Joe Parsons, 18 years old,


The Crime: At approximately 3:00 PM on Thursday, January 20, 1949, a couple driving along the eastern edge of the Garden of the Gods in the vicinity of the City's water filter plant discovered a nude body lying down the embankment just off Mesa Road. Responding police detectives located the body of a young white male who was later identified as 18 year old Walter Joe Parsons, also known as "Fred".  Mr. Parsons was found completely nude except for a pair of socks, and his clothing was found nearby.   Autopsy concluded that the victim had sustained non-fatal blunt force wounds to the left side of the head and the mouth, however cause of death was determined to be ligature strangulation.  

Mr. Parsons had been employed at the Red Cloud Inn in the nearby town of Cascade, CO and lived alone in a small cabin on the Inn's property.  

The Investigation:  Investigators searched  Mr. Parsons’ residence and conducted numerous interviews with the victim's known associates, potential witnesses, and several possible suspicious persons in the area.  They were unable to establish a motive for the murder or develop sufficient proof to charge anyone with the crime.  The case remains open and active at this time. 

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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