Nathan Bozonier, Mile High Murder No. 76: Vehicle that hit Thorton teen found, search on for lethal baseball bat

On Tuesday, we told you about the murder of Nathan Bozonier, 16, who was hit by a vehicle and then beaten by an unknown number of suspects.

The latest developments:

Part of the bumper from the vehicle that struck Bozonier fell off at the crime scene -- and this chunk undoubtedly helped Thornton Police track down the car, a 1996 Nissan Maxima, at a local repair shop. Now, cops are looking for a baseball bat that may have been discarded in a nearby park, and has gone from being a simple piece of sporting equipment to a weapon that apparently contributed to the taking of a life far too soon. Look below for additional details from Thornton releases, as well as a photo of the bumper in the murder vehicle.

UPDATE: Homicide -- 2000 Block Dichter Court, Thornton

On 02-17-10, the Thornton Police Department recovered the suspect vehicle wanted in connection with the Bozonier Homicide occurring on 02-15-10, in the 2000 Block of Dichter Court, Thornton, CO. The vehicle was located at the Los Compadres Auto Repair Shop, 7255 Ivy Street, Commerce City, Colorado. The vehicle was a white, 4 door, 1996 Nissan Maxima.

The Adams County Coroners Office has positively identified the victim as:

Nathan Bozonier 2261 Mable Avenue Denver, CO 80229 Date of Birth: 01-25-1994

The case remains an active on-going investigation, and police are still seeking the public's assistance in identifying additional witnesses and information regarding the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867(STOP).

Bozonier Homicide -- 2000 Block of Dichter Court

The Thornton Police Department has developed information that an aluminum baseball bat involved in the homicide of Nathan Bozonier on 02-15-10 was possibly discarded in a park area located in the area of E.92nd Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The bat is described as silver in color with unknown words written on it with a black sharpie pen. Police believe that the bat was possibly picked up by passer-bys or children in the area. If found please immediately contact the Thornton Police Department at 720-977-5078.

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