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On October 24th, 1996, at about 0800 hours, Aurora police officers and homicide detectives were dispatched to the alley in the 1200 block of Iola Street.  They discovered the body of twenty-five-year-old Tangie Sims.  Her body had been dumped at the location after she was violently assaulted and stabbed to death.  The initial investigation revealed Sims was last seen walking to a semi-truck.  In addition, it was determined the suspect had cut himself during the murder and had left drops of blood at the scene.  Samples of the suspect’s blood were recovered.

Unfortunately, the case went cold and remained that way for a lengthy period of time.  Current MCHU Detectives Steve Conner and Michael Prince continued to work this case for the family of the victim.  They never quit following up on leads and revisiting the case file.  They knew the best chance of solving this homicide would be through the recovered blood left by the suspect and the incredible advancements that had been made in DNA analysis.

In 2019 advancements in DNA, specifically genealogical research, lead to a break in the case.  United Data Connect, Inc. through the excellent forensic work a genealogist produced a possible suspect by comparing the blood sample to known DNA from a relative.  Detectives Conner and Prince immediately began following up on this information.  The leads took them to North Dakota and Idaho where they located a member of the suspect’s immediate family.  The family member was cooperative and provided a DNA sample to the detectives. 

United Data Connect, Inc. was able to positively identify Wesley Backman DOB 04/12/1955 as the suspect in this horrible crime.  Detectives learned that Backman had passed away in 2008.  The detectives discovered Backman had been an over the road truck driver and had lived in many different locations throughout the United States to include Aurora, CO. 

The excellent work done by the original investigators, the incredible determination of Detectives Conner and Prince, as well as the amazing work done by United Data Connect, Inc. allowed the family of Sims to finally obtain some solace and closure.  The costs of this investigation were provided by Crime Stoppers which continues to provide invaluable assistance with criminal investigations. 

Detectives Conner and Prince continue to work with other police agencies across the country to determine if Backman was responsible for additional unsolved homicides.


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Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 15, 2020 at 4:44 PM
  

On Monday December 16th, 2019 at approximately 10:01 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Aurora Hills apartment complex located at 11922 East Archer Place on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located a teenage male inside an apartment with a gunshot wound.  Shortly thereafter the male was pronounced deceased on scene. Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.  An arrest as not been made, and so we do not interfere with any ongoing investigational efforts no further information will be shared at this time.  


We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Hansen at 303-739-6710.


Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Dec 17, 2019 at 3:01 PM
  
On Sunday December 15th, 2019 just after midnight Aurora Police Officers responded to 11249 East Colfax Avenue due to reports of a male lying in the street.

Upon officers arrival they located an adult Hispanic male lying in the street suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper-body.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries this morning at approximately 6:00 a.m.

Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Adams County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing, and is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Huber at 303-739-6090.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Dec 15, 2019 at 1:32 PM
  

On Thursday November 21st, 2019 at approximately 2:36 p.m., Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to 13606 East 14th Avenue in response to a shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they found an unresponsive adult male inside of a residence.  Shortly thereafter that male was pronounced deceased on scene.  Further investigation was necessary to determine the circumstances that led up to the death.

Since then, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has upgraded this investigation to a Homicide.  On November 22, 2019 a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with at least the following:


18-3-104 (1)(a) Manslaughter, Class 4 Felony

18-12-108 (1) Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, Class 5 Felony


Due to the suspect being a juvenile no further personal identifying information will be publicly released.

The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of his next-of-kin.

We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness or have any information related to this homicide to please contact Agent Ingui at 303.739.6067.

Any additional media inquiries should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Vikki Migoya.

Officer Crystal
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 25, 2019 at 2:33 PM
  
On Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, at approximately 12:20 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to 15700 East Colfax Avenue on a reported stabbing.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult male and an adult female inside a mobile home, both with stab wounds. The female was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. The male was also transported to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. Positive identification of the female, as well as next-of-kin notifications, will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Investigators are currently trying to determine what led up to the stabbing and the relationship between the male and the female, if any.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this incident, to please call Aurora Police Agent Meadows at 303-739-6068.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 25, 2019 at 11:07 AM
  
UPDATE: After our officers diligently worked to locate him, tonight we can announce Curtis Davis-Barnes is now in custody.




On Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, at approximately 02:15 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the 17000 block of East Kansas Place on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult male inside a house with a gunshot wound. Shortly thereafter, the male was pronounced deceased on scene. Positive identification of the victim will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Officers are actively looking for the suspect involved in this incident.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Fredericksen at 303-739-6106.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 31, 2019 at 9:01 PM
  
UPDATE 12/31/2019 at 12:00 P.M. - Picture below is the mugshot for Kamyl Garrette. 

GARRETTE, Kamyl (7-10-01)



We will not be releasing any additional information about this case as it is now being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Further information will need to be obtained by their offices. 

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

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UPDATE: An arrest has been made in this case. Kamyl Xavier Garrette DOB 07-10-2001 has been arrested and charged with 18-3-102 Murder in the First Degree. Since more interviews need to be conducted we are not releasing his photo at this time.




On December 27, 2019, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a shooting inside the JCPenney store at the Town Center at Aurora, 14200 East Alameda Avenue.

Upon officer’s arrival they found a juvenile male with a gunshot wound. The male was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he sadly succumbed to his injury.

Positive identification and notification of next of kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Officers are actively gathering information and pursuing leads.

We are asking anyone that has information about this case to please call Agt. C. Lampson at 303-739-6013.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59 AM
  
(January 3, 2020) On January 3rd, 2020 about 1:45 A.M.,  Aurora Police Officers responded to the alley in the 1400 block of Havana Street on a report of a person suffering from a head injury.

Upon arriving they located a male with a gunshot wound. Sadly, the male succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating this death as a homicide. We are asking anyone with information to call Agt. H. Graw at 303-739-6213.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867)

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 03, 2020 at 10:20 AM
  
(January 2, 2020) UPDATE: The Major Crimes Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of 2 juveniles in relation to this case. 

A 15 year old female and a 17 year old male have both been arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder.

Their information, due to them being juveniles, will not be released nor will their mugshots.

This case is now being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Any further updates or questions will need to be directed towards them. 

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

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Information previously released 01/02/2020

On December 30th, 2019 officers of the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a missing person in the 1400 block of South Salem Way.

Several days later it was learned there was information indicating there were suspicious circumstances in this case. A thorough investigation was begun by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.

On January 1st, 2020 this case was changed from a Missing Persons to a Homicide Investigation after remains were found that are believed to be the missing person.

Cause of death and positive identification of the remains will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after next of kin have been notified.

This investigation is continuing and at this time no further information will be released at this time.

We are asking if members of the public have information about this case to please contact Agt. M. Ingui at 303-739-6067.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913 STOP (7867).


Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095






Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 02, 2020 at 4:51 PM
  
(January 17, 2020). On January 17th, 2020 at approximately 12:20 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a report of a gunshot and a person laying in the street at the intersection of East 17th Avenue and Iola Street.

Upon arriving officers found a male suffering from a gunshot wound. Life saving measures were started but proved futile. Tragically the male was declared deceased at the location.

Cause of death and notification of the next of kin will be done by the Adams County Coroner’s Office.

This is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agt W. Miller at 303-739-6117.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).


Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  at 3:14 AM
  
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