Crime

Rose Westendorf: Body of alleged killer James Sprague's body found in Washington lake?

Rose Westendorf was number seven in the Denver homicide roster for 2010's first half -- but suspect James Sprague, Westendorf's former boyfriend, had evaded capture to date.

Has Sprague also avoided death? Maybe not.

A few months back, Westendorf's car was found close to a lake in Washington state's Lewis County, but there was no sign of Sprague. Wednesday, however, a body was found floating nearby, and authorities there believe it's most likely Sprague.

Look below for a release on this subject from the Denver Police Department, as well as an interactive graphic of the area near the scene of the March crime (if you have any problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map").

On March 25, 2010, Denver Police officers responded to 4639 S. Lowell Blvd on a report of a suspicious death. Officers located the victim (later identified as Rose Westendorf, 9/28/1979), in a bathroom of the home. She was suffering from apparent head trauma. The Denver Coroner's Office determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma and the manner of death to be homicide. Investigators obtained a probable cause arrest warrant for the victim's boyfriend, James Andrew Sprague, 5/1/1961.

In May of this year, The Lewis County Sheriff in Washington State located the victim's vehicle abandoned in a park just south of Tacoma, WA. On July 28, 2010, the Sheriff located the body of a male suspected to be Mr. Sprague.

Efforts to positively identify these remains continue in Washington State.


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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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