Unclear whether kidnapping arrest related to Marie Blee cold case
Steamboat Springs — Editor’s note: The Routt County District Attorney’s Office on Friday put out a news release saying the Monty Dean Doolin first-degree kidnapping case “is not directly related” to the ongoing investigation of Marie Blee, the 15-year-old Hayden girl who went missing in 1979. The grand jury for the 14th Judicial District indicted Doolin on May 29 and was taken into custody in Alaska on Tuesday.
A man who has been a suspect in the disappearance 35 years ago of Hayden teenager Marie Blee has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping.
Monty Dean Doolin, 53, is being held at the Wildwood Correction Complex in Kenai, Alaska. His last-known address was in nearby Soldotna, Alaska.
According to court records, Doolin was arraigned in court Thursday. The charge is a Class 1 felony, and Doolin is being held without bond. The Wildwood Correction Complex would not release Doolin’s booking photo.
The kidnapping charge is out of Routt County, but Blee is not mentioned in any of the publicly-available court records. Records related to the case have been sealed.
District Attorney Brett Barkey did not immediately respond Thursday afternoon to a request for comment.
Alaska court records show Doolin’s arrest warrant and indictment have been sealed. Indictments are handed down by a grand jury, which is a tool available to prosecutors in Routt County. Grand juries meet in secret and help prosecutors investigate a case.
Doolin, who is to be returned to Colorado to face the charge, was one of three men identified by police as a suspect in the Blee case.
Blee was last seen Nov. 21, 1979.
The Blee family lived in the Meadow Village mobile home park in Hayden when Marie went to a 4-H dance at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig and to a party at the Shadow Mountain Village neighborhood.
Doolin took the 15-year-old to the dance that night and was later seen with her at the party. Doolin told authorities she got a ride home from an unknown person about 2 a.m. Her body has never been found.
A week after Blee’s disappearance, Doolin called her family and demanded $5,000 ransom for their daughter. He was arrested and given a suspended sentence for extortion.
Twenty years later, a task force formed to investigate the case visited Doolin in Grand Junction, and he continued to maintain he had no involvement in Blee’s disappearance.
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