Woman slain in her home

State investigators brought in by police

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— A woman found dead in her Steamboat Springs apartment early Friday was murdered, police have confirmed. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, no suspect had been identified.

Director of Public Safety J.D. Hays said 31-year-old Lori Bases was fatally stabbed sometime Thursday in the apartment she rented behind a house at 1620 Steamboat Blvd. Hays said Bases' roommate, Ron Farmer, called police after discovering her body lying in a pool of blood when he returned home from work at 12:45 a.m. Friday.

Hays said he is not releasing all the details about the stabbing such as in which room of the home Bases was found or where on her body she was stabbed but he said it does not appear to be related to the attack earlier this week of a young woman at a park.

"There's no serial whacko on the loose," Hays said. "But I always advise people to lock their doors."

Hays said there is no reason to think that the person who killed Bases would attack someone else, but he said it was too early in the investigation to say whether she knew her attacker. Police have not determined whether her apartment was broken into.

Hays said he didn't know if the killer was still in the area.

Farmer, the roommate, was interviewed and is not a suspect, Hays said.

Bases' vehicle was vandalized twice in the last month. Hays said she filed police reports about slashed tires on April 9 and April 11. He said police are researching whether she obtained a restraining order against anyone.

Police secured the crime scene early Friday and acquired a search warrant for the apartment.

Detectives from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrived at noon Friday to examine the crime scene. Hays said they had not recovered a weapon or any other physical evidence as of 5 p.m. Friday.

Authorities have been in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation by phone.

The Routt County Sheriff's Office and Routt County Search and Rescue members assisted in a search for evidence in the vacant lot next to the house, which is at the intersection of Steamboat Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive.

Authorities hope to pinpoint the time of death from the autopsy, scheduled for today.

To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail mbales@amigo.net

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