STRASBURG, Colo. -- Investigators in Arapahoe County are searching for answers and looking for help from the public after a suspicious fire led to the death of a person early Saturday morning.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is looking for help finding a vehicle that might be connected to the case, but authorities have not identified any people of interest or revealed the identity of the victim.
That hasn’t stopped friends and neighbors from speaking out about the woman who lived in the home alone and why they believe the timing seems more than suspicious.
Firefighters were called to a burning home in the 4100 block of South County Road 157 shortly after 1 a.m., Saturday, but before they found the scorched home and the body inside, friends and co-workers of the woman who lived there were already concerned.
“Her real close friends at work were concerned when there was no feedback (Friday) afternoon or (Friday) evening,” said Edward Aldridge, who worked with the woman for more than 20 years at United Airlines.
Aldridge posted a sign and left flowers at the home on behalf of many co-workers on Saturday evening.
“Everybody is deeply upset,” Aldridge said.
Upset because he says they knew she had been struggling to finalize a divorce.
“The only significance that we knew was maybe it was the last opportunity for the two parties to get together to remove co-owned items out of the house,” Aldridge said.
Shortly after firefighters pulled the victim’s body out of the home, they called the death suspicious, but investigators have yet to explain why. The victim has not been formally identified and they have not announced any persons of interest.
However, they are looking for help locating a white 2001 GMC Sierra with Colorado license plate 962-VCE, which was associated with the residence.
“We want to determine whether or not it is related to what happened here,” sheriff's spokeswoman Julie Brooks s, spokesperson for the Arapahoe County Sheriff.
“It’s kind of scary,” said Andrew Nuttall, who lives next door.
Nuttall says he last spoke to his neighbor last week and that she mentioned her ex-husband.
“She mentioned that he’s got to get rid of his stuff by the 18th,” Nuttall said. “I’ve seen him over there a few times. I brought some tractors from him.”
As the investigation continues, many who knew her are hoping for answers and for healing.
“A lot of support from her coworkers at United Airlines desperately go out to her and her family and everyone that’s involved,” Aldridge said.
Investigators were also searching for a blue utility truck for most of the day Saturday. They located the truck on Saturday night but have not said where they found it or what the circumstances were.
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