Crime

Update: Christina Furber, Online Fundraiser, Found Shot to Death in Car Trunk

Update: Yesterday, we shared with you the strange story of Christina Furber, whose online portrait as a sufferer from hypermobility disorder contrasted sharply with reports that she'd fired shots at a police officer before being found dead; see our previous coverage below.

Now, more details are emerging about the circumstances of her death. She was found in the trunk of a car by a Pueblo homeowner -- and authorities have not yet determined if she took her own life.

See also: Taria Wilhite-Moore Busted for Pueblo Murder After SWAT Team Standoff

The additional information comes courtesy of the Pueblo Chieftain, which reports that a Pueblo police officer subsequently identified as Sergeant Shelly Taylor was heading home on Monday evening when she spotted Furber driving in a manner that suggested she might be intoxicated.

Taylor, who was off-duty but still wearing her uniform, followed Furber to a home in Pueblo West where her family lives. There, the two of them are said to have engaged in a conversation, presumably eliminating the possibility that Furber didn't realize the person who'd tailed her was a cop. Then, police say, a struggle ensued during which Furber removed a gun from her purse and fired it several times in Taylor's direction.

In response, Taylor returned fire, but Furber doesn't appear to have been hit. She fled the scene and disappeared into the night, prompting a lengthy manhunt, reverse 911 calls and delayed starts for nearby schools.

The break in the case arrived at around 7 a.m. yesterday morning, when authorities received a phone call from the resident of a home located on the 1000 block of Shenandoah Drive. The area is seen in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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The Chieftain reports that the home's owner had heard a noise the night before but hadn't thought much about it until he headed to his garage with the intention of putting some tools in his trunk prior to work. That's when he discovered Furber's body inside. She was dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Furber had apparently gained entrance to the garage via a dog door -- and the car hadn't been locked.

This scenario suggests that Furber's injury was self-inflicted, but the autopsy results haven't been made public at this writing.

Continue to see our previous coverage, including more photos.

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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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