Mile High Murder, No. 25: A kidnapping in Denver, a body in Commerce City

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Perhaps they were trying to pin it on Ani DiFranco?

The Denver Police is investigating a kidnapping/murder at 3602 North Leyden, which they've connected to a body dumped in Commerce City -- where the police were busy enough this weekend arresting drunks and ticket scalpers at the Mile High Music Festival.

Little information has been released, but police said in a statement that "the victim knew his assailants and that they transported his body after the action of the crime occurred at the Leyden Street address." They did not say drugs were involved, but there's a good chance they were. The victim was not identified, and no arrests have been made. Read the full release after the jump.

For Immediate Release Date: July 19, 2009

On July 19, 2009, at approximately 8:26 a.m. members of the Denver Police Department responded to the address of 3602 N. Leyden on a report of a kidnapping. Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses who related that a disturbance occurred at this location and one of the residences was missing. While beginning the investigation at this location, members of the Commerce City Police Department contacted the Denver Police Department and reported that they had a body at 52nd Forest Street.

Due to the similarity in descriptions between the missing victim and the body, the Denver Police Department will investigate these incidents as related and as a homicide. Early investigative indicators support that the victim knew his assailants and that they transported his body after the action of the crime occurred at the Leyden Street address.

Currently there are no arrests associated with this investigation. The victim's identity and exact cause of death are pending the Coroners' report. Police continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this incident asked to call the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

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