May 18, 2010 4:29 AM by Bea Karnes, Jeannette Hynes
The first homicide victim in the history of the town of Monument was a little girl. The El Paso County Coroner completed an autopsy Saturday and determined the victim was between the ages of 7 and 10 years old. Her race, identity, and cause of death have not been determined. The coroner's office also could not figure out how long she'd been dead. The coroner's office will conduct more tests.
The child's body was found in the basement's crawl space of a duplex home Friday night by crews renovating the home on Century Place.
Chief Jake Shirk of the Monument Police Department says his department, along with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, are following up on a number of leads.
"I have 10 grandkids," says Shirk. "It's having a significant impact. It's very somber."
Neighbors tell News First 5 a family of four lived in the home more than a year ago. The neighbors say the family had a girl who was in the first grade who played with their kids.
"They played out on the front lawn. It scares me to death to know that people like this are here in my neighborhood," says Caroline Dinwiddie who says she has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years.
Dinwiddie says she and her friends also noticed police coming to the home a few times. Neighbors say the family left the home early last year.
On Tuesday, the Monument Police Department and Lewis Palmer School District 38 will host a community event at Creekside Middle School, 1330 Creekside Dr., Monument. It will take place 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The event topic is "Keeping Our Children Safe".