Update: Yesterday, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirmed the identity of the man found off Lariat Loop Road as Richard Limon, a 69-year-old with a rap sheet 51 years long.
Now, the JCSO has announced the arrest of three people for the crime: Raul Nunez-Soto, Tina Louise Moya and a thus-far-unidentified seventeen-year-old.
Thus far, the JCSO isn't revealing the connection between Limon and Nunez-Sota, who turns 47 tomorrow, Moya, 38, or the teen. But all three are being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Here's a larger look at the mug shots of Nunez-Sota and Moya, followed by our earlier coverage:
Update, 12:21 p.m. August 24: Six days after a pair of bicyclists discovered a body off Lariat Loop Road, the dead man has been identified as Richard Limon, 69. And while reps from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are still keeping many of the details about the case to themselves, they've revealed that the case is being treated as a homicide -- which makes sense given that Limon, whose first bust dates back to 1960, was stabbed to death.
Original item, 9:30 a.m. August 19: At this writing, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has not officially defined the death of a 69-year-old Denver-area man found off Lariat Loop Road as a homicide.
But even before the final coroner's report is in, investigators see it as suspicious enough to investigate it that way.
According to JCSO spokesman Mark Techmeyer, "two cyclists were riding the Lariat Loop. It's unclear to me if they were going up or down, but they stopped at a switchback to take in the view and looked down over the guardrail. And about twenty yards down, they saw a man's body and called 911."
Given specifics about the man's age and Denver-area residency, it's clear that the JCSO knows the identity of the victim. But this information has not yet been made public, pending next-of-kin notification and a cause-of-death determination by the coroner's office. That information should see release soon.
Meanwhile, Techmeyer stresses that officers see no connection between the death and reports about potential sabotage of bike riders on Lariat Loop in advance of this month's USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Deputies still haven't concluded that broken glass found on the roadway was placed deliberate to flatten bike tires, as seems to be+ the case in Deer Creek Canyon, where tacks have turned up in the days and weeks leading up to the Deer Creek Challenge bike race. Besides, the locations are "completely different," Techmeyer says. "The glass was more toward the top. This was about halfway up."
Look below to see a brief 9News report about the body's discovery, followed by an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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