Denetta Mills ID'd in E. 35th St. homicide, son Lavar Sillemon arrested in murder probe (74)

Update: We still don't know the cause of death for the woman found Wednesday at a home on the 1900 block of East 35th Street; autopsy results are still pending. But the coroner's office has identified her as Denetta Mills, 49. The man arrested for investigation of first-degree murder: her son, thirty-year-old Lavar Sillemon. Look below for our previous coverage.

Update, 12:18 p.m. May 5: Earlier today, we told you about a woman found dead at a home on the 1900 block of East 35th Street. Afterward, the police took several people into custody but declined to describe any of them as suspects.

But that's changed for thirty-year-old Lavar Sillemon, the victim's son. He's being held on investigation of first-degree murder.

Thus far, Sillemon's mom isn't being identified by name, and the police have yet to release information about her cause of death. However, they have made available Sillemon's booking photo. See it below, followed by our previous coverage.

Lavar Sillemon.
Lavar Sillemon.

Original item, 10:05 a.m. May 5: About 4:20 p.m. yesterday, the Denver Police Department received a call in regard to a home on the 1900 block of East 35th Street. Phoning were relatives concerned about someone who lived there, and they had every reason to worry.

A woman inside had become a homicide victim.

According to Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson, the woman was pronounced dead at the home and homicide investigators were called. Shortly thereafter, he says, a number of people were taken into custody -- "several witnesses as well as a couple people of interest. We're not calling them suspects at this time." Neither is he describing their relationship to the victim, although he does make reference to "domestic violence."

Look below to see an interactive graphic from near the scene of the crime; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Larry O'Rourke suspected of killing Karen Kulikowski in Lakewood murder-suicide (73)."

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