Investigators looking into the murder of 58-year-old Tom Clements, the head of Colorado's prison system who was shot to death when answering his home front door last night in Monument, Colo., are now searching for a possible key witness to the crime, according to ABC News.
That key witness is a woman who was seen exercising in the neighborhood near Clements’ home.
Police are hoping that the woman, who was seen “speed-walking” in the neighborhood on the night of the shooting, will come forward of her own volition.
The potential witness was described by police via witnesses as a woman somewhere between the ages of 35 and 50. She was wearing white pants, a dark wind-breaker, and a hat.
Currently, police have few leads in the case and are still looking for a motive.
"Because of the fact Mr. Clements served in the position he did, we're sensitive to the fact there could be any number of people who have a motive," Lt. Jeff Kramer, a spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff's office, said at a news conference this afternoon.
Kramer also said that the police aren't ruling out the possibility that the shooting could have been a completely random act of senseless violence.
Police and K-9 units were going house to house in the neighborhood today hoping to turn up any useful information in their investigation.
One person from the neighborhood told police of a suspicious vehicle parked one street over from the Clements’ home around 8:30 p.m., the same time a Clements’ family member reported the shooting.
The vehicle was seen with the motor running, but no-one inside.
According to police:
"Two to three minutes later that vehicle was gone. Then, two minutes after that -- we're up to 8:37 p.m. -- that same local resident saw the vehicle traveling westbound."
The vehicle, which had its green dashboard lights on while parked, was described as a two door, dark colored, 1990s model similar to a Lincoln.
By all reports, Tom Clements was popular and well-liked by everyone that knew him.
At today’s news conference, a visibly shaken Colo. Governor John Hickenlooper spoke through his tears when he said that:
"It's an active investigation. We don't know anything -- or enough -- at this point."
Tom Clements is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two daughters.
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