Apr 2, 2013 8:59 PM by Matt Stafford
It was April 2nd, 2010; eastern Pueblo County rancher Chris Spera found something on his land that he'll likely never forget.
"I turned around and came back and it was a human skull," says Spera.
"It seems like yesterday to me," Spera adds. "I think about it often."
The skull belonged to 35-year-old Benjamin Clark. Clark's car had been found six months before, burned, about a mile away from where Spera found the skull.
Spera says investigators told him it was a suicide, but he says it just doesn't add up.
"It doesn't make much sense to me, no," Spera said.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says they've exhausted all of their leads on this case.
"At this particular point we have the case as inactive, however we are willing to reopen it anytime that we have any information that we can determine to be credible and that we can corroborate," explains Capt. Jeff Teschner. "Our investigation has not gleaned any evidence whatsoever that Benjamin was subjected to a criminal incident."
However Clark's parents adamantly disagree.
"There's no doubt in my mind," says Janet Clark; Benjamin's mother. She believes he was violently murdered.
"Nothing is adding up," said Raymond Jones; Benjamin's father.
Three years ago -- after six months of not knowing if their son was alive or not -- it brought a piece of closure to know that Benjamin was dead, after his skull was found. But to not know how, or why, he died is a daily struggle for both parents.
"It's the worst nightmare that any parent can experience," said Jones.
"He (Benjamin) is with me day and night, and I wonder, and ask, and pray that somebody will do the right thing." says Clark.
They feel like the only thing that can provide the closure that they seek is for someone who knows what happens to come forward with information; even if just anonymously.
"Just help take the burden of not knowing off of us," Jones pleads.
"We just need your help," adds Clark.
If you have any information about Benjamin Clark's death, you're asked to call the Investigations Division of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office at 583-6400.
Also, you can always call Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous; that number is 542-STOP or 542-7867.