FBI, sheriff’s investigators search for evidence in teen’s death

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FBI and Larimer County sheriff's investigators were searching for evidence in connection with the death of Ashley Doolittle on Friday, June 17, 2016.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — The FBI and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office launched a search near Longmont on Friday in connection to the shooting death of 18-year-old Ashley Doolittle.

Investigators began searching the area of Interstate 25 and Highway 66 at 8 a.m. The Sheriff’s Office said the search is “part of the ongoing homicide investigation involving Tanner Flores.”

Flores, 18, was arrested June 10 after Mesa County sheriff’s deputies found the body of Ashley Doolittle, 18, in Collbran.  Doolittle, of Berthoud, was reported missing June 9 when she didn’t return home. Her unoccupied vehicle was found near Long Hagler Reservoir in Larimer County.

Flores told Mesa County sheriff’s investigators that he shot Doolittle twice in the head, then took her body across the state because “he (was) upset with her.”

Doolittle had recently ended a one-year relationship with Flores and Flores was distraught over the breakup, according to an arrest affidavit said.

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“Tanner was ‘upset’ over the breakup with Ashley,” a friend of Flores told law enforcement, according to the affidavit. “Another friend stated that Tanner was ‘really down’ over the breakup and did not know why they were no longer together.”

Flores’ father told the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office that his .22-caliber revolver was missing from a gun locker in his home.

Flores told investigators he shot Doolittle near Carter Lake because he was upset with her, the affidavit said. He then drove to his late grandfather’s home in Collbran, cleaned her body and put it back in his truck.

The affidavit did not mention the area of I-25 and Highway 66, and officials have not said why they are searching the area.

Flores is being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping.