Jon Sarche, public information officer for the Colorado Judicial Department, confirmed Thursday afternoon that the gag order has since been lifted. However, he said all documents in the case have been sealed by the court.
An alert sent out to law enforcement agencies across Colorado said a suspect in Long’s death is believed to be a white man in his 20s who was last seen driving north toward Highway 285 in a 1990s to 2000s light-colored minivan. The suspect may have suffered burns and smelled like gasoline.
The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.
The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who witnessed any suspicious people, vehicles or activities in the area on Dec. 1 to contact the investigative tip line at 303-239-4243.
PARK COUNTY - A week after they said she was missing, the Park County Sheriff now says Maggie Long was found dead in her burned down home, and they're investigating it as a homicide.
Loved ones learned the news Thursday, and they came together Thursday night to mourn her loss.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the department issued a “be on the lookout,” or BOLO, alert Thursday evening for a suspect in the death of 17-year-old Platte Canyon High School student Maggie Long, but declined to confirm details reported by several Denver TV news stations on the grounds that it would compromise the investigation.
“We did issue a BOLO, but it was not intended for public consumption,” said Undersheriff Dave Wohlers. “It was supposed to go out through a confidential law enforcement source. … I can’t confirm what (the news stations) are reporting – it’s really quite disruptive to our investigation. Because of the problems that has caused, we’re going to have to reconvene the task force and decide how information for a public clarification (on the BOLO) will be crafted.”
Wohlers declined to confirm any details related to the BOLO and instead cautioned the public against taking the description “as solid gospel,” meaning that details in any investigation can change rapidly. He maintained that the department does not believe the community at-large is at risk, despite the details reported by broadcast networks.
KUSA - Park County sheriff’s investigators have no suspect in the homicide investigation of 17-year-old Platte Canyon High School student Maggie Long – despite a statewide police alert on Thursday evening that indicated otherwise, 9Wants to Know has learned.
“If we knew who we were looking for, we would broadcast it from every corner,” Park County Undersheriff Dave Wohlers told 9Wants to Know. “We have an army of people working on a bunch of [tips] at this point.”
At the same time, Wohlers said that the task force believes some weapons may be missing from the girl’s family home, including an AK47 rifle, 2,000 rounds of ammunition and a 9mm Beretta handgun. It is also believed a large green safe may have been stolen.
The Park County community is shaken and worried that the teen's killer is still out there.
FOX31's Mike Landess spoke with what a former FBI profiler to shed some light on the early stages of the investigation.
BAILEY, Colo. -- For the first time since 17-year-old Maggie Long was found dead inside her burned home, the Park County Sheriff's Office has spoken about the incident.
Sheriff's office chaplain Leo Suazo said the community is rocked by all of this.