Sometimes, serious crimes immediately attract a great deal of attention. On other occasions, they largely slip through the cracks. That's what happened with the weekend discovery of 36-year-old Angela Howard's bullet-riddled body in her Loveland home. But that's likely to change, now that another corpse -- that of Russell Woolman, 52 -- has been discovered in the cab of a pickup she owned. Photos, video and details below.
According to 9News, police were called to Howard's home north of Lake Loveland on the morning of Sunday, February 1, on a welfare check.
The Loveland Reporter-Herald adds that Howard's former brother-in-law is thought to have called in the request. Apparently, no one had seen Howard all week.
Inside, law enforcers made a grisly discovery. Howard was dead, having been shot multiple times. CBS4 quotes neighbors as noting that a mattress that appeared to have bullet holes in it was removed from the home, presumably for further testing.
Those same neighbors describe Howard, who owned her own cleaning company and was the mother of an eleven-year-old daughter currently living with her dad, as friendly and outgoing -- at least until a few months ago, after a thus-far-unnamed boyfriend moved in. One person told the station he saw her with a black eye she'd unsuccessfully attempted to disguise with layers of makeup.
The investigation took another twist yesterday, when representatives of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office revealed that the body of Wooolman was found dead in the cab of a pickup.
The vehicle was registered to Howard -- and deputies also found a gun in the vehicle.
Was Woolman the aforementioned boyfriend? We don't know the answer to that question yet -- and despite the presence of a firearm, his cause of death is unclear as well: 7News reports that he didn't appear to have any "traumatic injuries."
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The mystery deepens. Here's a CBS4 report about the case, broadcast prior to the news about Woolman.
Editor's note: The original version of this post inaccurately stated that Woolman's body was found in the trunk of a car as opposed to the cab of a pickup. The information has been corrected. We regret the error.
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