Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide in North Routt County |

Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide in North Routt County

Routt County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Stewart Curcio
Scott Franz

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office on Monday night was investigating a homicide at a home off Seedhouse Road in North Routt County.

At about 7:15 p.m., emergency responders were called to a report of a woman who was discovered tied up and laying face down at a home at 56730 Lupine Court.

The home in the Elk Ridge subdivision is owned by Amy and Russell West.

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said family members discovered the woman.

Russell West said the woman was a 22-year-old who was engaged to his 24-year-old son, who was at the crime scene while deputies were investigating. The Wests are longtime residents, and West said his son graduated from Steamboat Springs High School.

The name of the victim was not being released Monday night.

“We have a homicide,” Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said. “We don’t really know what happened yet.”

Investigators were following leads, and as of 10 p.m., no one had been taken into custody.

“I don’t want people to freak out,” Wiggins said. “Just be vigilant.”

Wiggins was reluctant to release more details because it was a very active investigation.

Deputies were guarding the house Monday night, speaking with neighbors and waiting for Colorado Bureau of Investigation officials to arrive and process the crime scene.

Residents in the neighborhood were shocked to learn something horrible had happened in their scenic, small community along the Elk River just east of Clark.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office by calling Routt County Communications at 970-879-1090.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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