Steamboat Springs The murder of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases is the police department's top priority, but officers are still investigating recent crimes such as the attack of a young woman at a playground last week.
Director of Public Safety J.D. Hays has not identified a suspect in the murder and said he has to withhold details about the crime that only the killer would know. The lack of official information has led to rumors as the community struggles to understand how such a violent crime could happen in Steamboat.
Hays said Bases was not sexually assaulted. He also said officers did not recover any drug paraphernalia from the apartment in which she was killed May 11.
The police aren't the only ones not talking about the murder. Bases' mother, Sherry Mesecher, declined to comment at this time, as did Bases' boyfriend, Ron Farmer. Farmer said officers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation told him not to talk about the murder.
Hays said all available police officers are working on solving Bases' murder.
"We have limited resources. The murder is our priority, but we are working on other cases," Hays said.
One of those other cases is the attempted sexual assault of a 19-year-old Steamboat Springs woman who told police she was attacked at approximately 7 p.m. on May 9 at a playground on Whistler Road by an unidentified man.
Hays said the murder and the attack are not related.