The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of shooting three people to death and then lighting the home they were in on fire, before forging checks in their name.
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A nationwide search is underway for 59-year-old Harry Mapps, who is believed to have left Southern Colorado. Investigators said the victims were shot to death in their sleep. Mapps is the sole suspect in the case. Investigators were able to recover the victim’s bodies the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day. The victims were identified as 51-year-old Reginald Tuttle, 55-year-old Kim Tuttle, and their adult daughter, 33-year-old Dawn Roderick. Investigators discovered more than one point of origin for the fire, confirming the cause was arson.
Mapps is wanted for identity theft, forgery and theft above $5,000.
Investigators discovered that checks bearing the name of one of the victims were cashed in both Pueblo and La Junta on the day of the fire. Surveillance showed Mapps was the one who cashed those checks, totaling $8,000.
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said the warrants, although not for homicide at this time are extraditable nationwide and even into Canada. “Harry Mapps is believed to be armed and dangerous and new bulletins have been sent to all local and national law enforcement outlets. It would appear the motive for the crime was financial and the evidence only leads to one person being involved in all necessary aspects of the crime and that is Harry Mapps,” he said in a release.
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