The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a person who may have valuable information concerning the vehicle of interest which was identified earlier. We believe there was a white female, 35-50 years of age, who may have been speed-walking last night along Colonial Park Drive at 8:30 p.m. She was wearing light pants, a dark wind breaker and a hat. This woman is not a suspect, but someone the Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with. We would like her to call 719-520-7225 to speak with an investigator.
On March 19, 2013, at approximately 8:47 p.m., the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 17400 block of Colonial Park Drive reporting a shooting at the residence. Deputies arrived at the residence to find an adult male deceased; the male was identified as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom Clements.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Office are working diligently to determine what occurred and who perpetrated the crime. We are sensitive to the high profile position in which Mr. Clements served and the fact there could be people who would target him based on his position. However, we remain open minded to all investigative possibilities and continue to work all available clues and sources of information.
There is no suspect identified in this case, but a vehicle of interest has been identified. The vehicle was seen by a local resident near the Clements' home approximately 15 minutes prior to the first 9-1-1 call. The vehicle was running but unoccupied. The vehicle was gone a few minutes later but was observed a short time later traveling west on Higby Road, turning south on Jackson Creek Parkway.
The vehicle of interest is described as a late model 2-door, "boxy" style, similar to a 90's model Lincoln. It's shiny and black or dark in color. When the vehicle was seen on Higby Road, it had one occupant but no description of the occupant is available.
Agencies assisting in this investigation include the Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Bureau of Investigations, 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Attorney General's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Monument Police Department and Palmer Lake Police Department.
Anyone with information regarding this vehicle or crime is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555.