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* UPDATE-ARRESTED-El Dorado Hills Murder Suspects Tylar Witt And Friend Steven Colver Arrested at the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno

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ID #09-167 Steven Colver

ID #09-168 Tylar Marie Witt

Update: Jun 18, 2009 EL DORADO TEEN MURDER SUSPECTS STILL IN CUSTODY IN SAN MATEO COUNTY

A teenage couple suspected of murdering the girl’s mother in the El Dorado Hills remained in custody in San Mateo County this morning after being arrested in San Bruno on Wednesday.Steven Paul Colver, 19, and his 14-year-old girlfriend are expected to be transported and booked into El Dorado County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder by Wednesday, El Dorado County sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers said today.Colver and the girl are suspected of killing Joanne M. Witt, the girl’s mother, who was found in her home Monday after her friends told authorities she hadn’t shown up to work, Byers said.The couple was arrested near a Red Lobster restaurant in San Bruno after a their car was found in San Francisco the previous day.Byers said authorities are exploring whether the motive for the killing was the mother’s disapproval of the relationship between Colver and the girl.”I’m sure the detectives have several (motives),” he said. “But the relationship between the 19- and 14-year-old may have led up to this incident.”Byers said El Dorado County, which has fewer than 500,000 residents and is comprised of two incorporated cities and about 10
unincorporated communities, sees about seven to 10 homicides a year.Witt’s death was the third homicide in the county this year. “To have a homicide of this nature is very shocking to the community,” Byers said. “This one is just much more violent.”Colver is being housed in the San Mateo County jail, and the girl is being held at juvenile hall, San Mateo County sheriff’s Lt. Ray Lunny said.Byers said he did not know the outcome of the teens’ interviews with police on Wednesday.He said the teens were believed to be in the Bay Area because Colver’s car was found parked illegally in the 500 block of O’Farrell Street in San Francisco on Tuesday morning.A customer at a Lucky supermarket at 1322 El Camino Real, located within the same complex as the Red Lobster, told employees at the grocery store that on Wednesday morning she saw a young man outside the store who resembled a picture she saw on the news of the male suspect.An employee at Lucky said she also saw a young man who the employee thought was the same person the customer saw, wandering around outside the store before the officers arrived.The person never came into the store, the employee said.”He looked lost, bewildered,” she said.She said he had a “gothic” look and was wearing a long black jacket.Shortly after 9 a.m., about five police officers charged into Lucky, hands on their guns, employees said.An employee who was in the restroom at the time said two officers knocked on the door and when she came out, they asked if anyone else was inside.She said no, and the officers ran into the bathrooms to check.Another employee estimated the officers were inside the grocery store for less than five minutes. “They left as quickly as they came in,” the employee said.Colver and the girl were arrested a short time later outside the Red Lobster.

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UPDATE-MAY 17, 2009

Two suspects in a murder in El Dorado County have been taken into custody in San Bruno, a San Mateo County sheriff’s spokesman confirmed this morning. Steven Paul Colver, 19, and Tylar Marie Witt, 14, are suspected in the murder of Witt’s mother in her El Dorado Hills home, El Dorado sheriff’s
Sgt. Jim Byers said. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Lt. Ray Lunny confirmed the two were arrested in San Bruno this morning.  The body of Joanne M. Witt, 47, was found in the home Monday after her friends told authorities she hadn’t shown up to work, Byers said.  He said investigators identified Colver and Tylar Witt as the suspects early Tuesday morning and that San Francisco police later located their vehicle in the 500 block of O’Farrell Street in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood. The two were believed to have spent the night at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness Avenue. The suspects were considered armed and dangerous. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999 if you have any information.

ORIGINAL STORY-MAY 16,2009

Authorities are searching the Bay Area for a teenage couple suspected of murdering the girl’s mother in El Dorado County, following the recovery of the suspects’ vehicle in San Francisco this morning, an El Dorado Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.Steven Paul Colver, 19, and Tylar Marie Witt, 14, allegedly killed Witt’s mother in her El Dorado Hills home, El Dorado sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers said. The body of Joanne M. Witt, 47, was found in the home Monday after her friends told authorities she hadn’t shown up to work, according to Byers.”She died a violent death and it has been ruled a homicide,” Byers said, adding that police are not releasing further details on the nature of the death. He said investigators identified Colver and Tylar Witt as the suspects early this morning and that San Francisco police later located their vehicle in the 500 block of O’Farrell Street in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood.Byers said the sheriff’s office is working closely with the San Francisco Police Department. Police spokeswoman Lyn Tomioka this evening declined to comment on the case.The suspects are considered armed and dangerous and murder warrants have been issued for their arrests, Byers said. The teenagers are believed to have altered their appearance by coloring their hair black and possibly cutting it short, according to Byers. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999 if you have any information.

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