Boulder County Sheriff’s Office solves 1970 rape and murder case

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Betty Lee Jones (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office) The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said DNA evidence has identified a man who died in 2019 as the person who likely raped and murdered a 23-year-old Denver woman in 1970.

According to a release, Betty Lee Jones was found dead on March 9, 1970, by two Colorado Department of Transportation workers down an embankment on Colo. 128 near the Boulder and Jefferson county border.

Investigators said Jones, a mother of two, had been bound, sexually assaulted, strangled and shot.

Jones was last seen alive at her home in Denver the day before her body was found following an argument with her husband. Witnesses said Jones left the home and tried to flag down cars, eventually getting into a blue sedan.

The case was reopened in 2006 and DNA evidence found on Jones’ body was submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, but it did not match any profiles in a national database or any known suspects, including Jones’ husband.

In 2019, the DNA was provided to a private lab, Bode Technologies, which was able to use genealogy to develop a family tree and narrow the suspect down to a Denver family.

A member of the family, Paul Leroy Martin, was found to have died in June 2019. His body was exhumed, and his DNA matched that of the profile found on Jones’ body.Martin had no known link to Jones, but Martin’s family believed he drove a blue sedan.“In addition to our sincere thanks to CBI, the FBI, and […]

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