A town hall meeting regarding the murder of Maggie Long thirteen months ago, was held at Fitzsimmons Middle School Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, a day after the official press conference at the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.
The purpose of the meeting, conducted by Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw, was to inform the Bailey-area community of events related to Long’s murder that had not been previously revealed.
Denver-area news and television media were invited to cover the event, with the understanding that this event was for the benefit of the community and not for further questions from the media.
McGraw opened the meeting by stating that the previously withheld details of the case were offered to the community in the interest of possibly generating new leads useful in solving the brutal murder of Long.
Details were revealed with the intention of sparking any possible memories that might be useful to the various agencies involved in the case. McGraw explained that a great volume of work had been conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other agencies, assisting the PCSO with the investigation. McGraw insisted that some of the specific known details are still not available for public consumption.
A flyer was handed to all community members attending detailing the items still missing from the robbery and photos of vehicles deemed similar to those possibly connected to the crime.
Sketches of two male suspects were included on the handout, with a sketch of a third male to be made available in the next few days.
Also revealed was that DNA had been recovered at the scene, but no information on possible different specimens was made available.
The reward for tips leading to the solving of the case was boosted from $25,000 up to $50,000. Electronic billboards will soon be seen along major highways in Denver and Colorado Springs.
Community members attending the briefing generally agreed that breaking this murder investigation open to the public was a positive step long overdue.
A new web site has been established for tips at www.MaggieLongTaskForce.com.
Any information generated by this site will be held in confidence and shared only within the task force conducting the investigation.
(See The Flume, Feb. 1, 2019, for article on the press conference held Monday, Jan. 28.)