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Cañon City, Colorado Police Looking for Information in 2018 Homicide

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Wess Haubrich
Wess Haubrich
 2021-05-09

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Loa Kennedy years ago.KOAA

“Animal predation” may have sewed some initial confusion around the death of 74-year-old Loa Kennedy.

On June 24, 2018, 74-year-old Loa Kennedy was found dead at her home in rural Fremont County, Colorado. Investigators ultimately ruled her death a homicide, though some confusion was undoubtedly sewn from the markings of animals that preyed on her corpse.

The actual death certificate reads her cause of death as "homicidal violence to include chop force injuries and decapitation, with perimortem animal predation." The animal attack variable became even more problematic according to a family member of Loa’s who noted that she would often have many people – family members and friends – stay over on her property. Because the police were operating on the assumption of an animal attack as her cause of death, they let many of the people on the property leave without being questioned.

The Fremont County Sheriff sent a terse response to the accusations: “This is still an active investigation with my office. We are working with several entities and cold case specialists to try to achieve a resolution. Because this is still active I can’t respond with more information.”

The family has a $3,000 reward for any information leading to arrest. Call the Fremont County Sheriff at (719) 276-5509 with any information.

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