Suspect identified in death of woman in downtown Denver

DENVER -- Police released the name and pictures of a suspect in the death of a woman in downtown Denver earlier this week.

The body of a mother of four was found with multiple sharp force injuries in her apartment in the 1500 block of Stout Street shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

Police are looking for 40-year-old Terry Lane Dunford II. They say he is now wanted for first degree murder in connection with the homicide of 49-year-old Jeanna Leslie. She had only been living in Denver for about three months, according to family members.

Dunford is described as a white male, six feet tall, 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police believe he is homeless in the downtown Denver area.

The former school teacher, originally from California, was known for what loved ones call her free and open spirit.

“She just inspired people to chase their dreams and be different,” daughter Audra Leslie said.

“She definitely wasn’t afraid to live life and there’s always risks that come along with that,” daughter Brittany Leslie said from Orange County, California.

Audra and Brittany Leslie said their mom recently moved to Denver to be closer to her 16-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.

The two kids live with their father, Jeanna’s ex-husband, in the Denver area.

“So shocking,” ex-husband Bill Leslie said. “You can’t even describe the range of emotions that the kids are going through.”

Jeanna moved to Denver after spending six months exploring the world.

“I’m glad that she spent her life doing that, doing what she wanted to do,” Audra Leslie said.

Family members described Jeanna Leslie as someone who was kind and compassionate to everyone including strangers.

The two eldest daughters said their mother was about to start substitute teaching in Colorado.

Now, they are planning her funeral while police try to figure who would want to hurt Jeanna and why.

Anyone with information on her death is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.