Crime

Larissa Tiffany-Schiess's Body Found in Burning Home, Death Ruled a Homicide

After members of the Fountain Fire Department responded to a reported blaze in a suburban neighborhood early Wednesday morning, they found the body of a young woman inside. The victim has now been identified as Larissa Tiffany-Schiess, 27 -- and police who are investigating her death as a homicide believe the fire didn't kill her. Continue for photos, video, details and more.

See also: Fero's Bar & Grill: See the Men Arrested in Quintuple Homicide-Arson (39-43), published in October 2012

The incident took place on the 900 block of South Candlestar Loop, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing it, click "View Larger Map."


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The first tweet from the Fountain Fire Department about the conflagration, which was reported around 2:30 a.m. on February 4, gives no indication that the home would turn into a crime scene.

Soon thereafter, however, Tiffany-Schiess's body was discovered, and as KOAA-TV notes, the fire was quickly deemed suspicious.

Here's a KOAA image from the scene....

...and here is one shot.... ...and a second.... ...plus an image from later that morning.... ...from KKTV coverage.

The victim was subsequently identified as Tiffany-Schiess, whose Facebook page says she's a graduate of Ellicott High School and worked as a PDA Tech rep for T-Mobile. Her photo gallery includes a few images of her, including this one....

...but the majority of pics feature dogs (she was a member of numerous animal-related groups), as well as a shot of her baby sister.

At this writing, police are looking for an individual described only as a "person of interest" in the case. And the suspect may no longer be in the Fountain area. KRDO-TV reports that a search for Tiffany-Schiess's missing 2006 Suzuki ended when the vehicle was located in Pueblo. Meanwhile, the cause of Tiffany-Schiess's death has not yet been made public.

Our sincere condolences to Tiffany-Schiess's friends, family and loved ones.

Continue to see a KKTV on the fire and its aftermath, broadcast before the Suzuki was located.

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