On Tuesday, a missing 17-year-old girl from Littleton was found dead inside a vehicle in El Paso County. She is believed to be a victim of a murder-suicide.
What Is Murder-Suicide?
Murder-suicide is a legal term used when a victim is found dead by the suspect, and the suspect has committed suicide. This type of crime involves guilt, failure, or even broken love.
Left The School And Then Abducted
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said that she was likely murdered shortly after she left school. The girl was last seen in school on Tuesday afternoon, and investigators did not know this piece of news.
Spurlock said the incident began when the victim left her Mile High Academy in Highlands Ranch. The 17-year-old girl was reported missing by her family since. As per the family’s request, the girl’s identity is not revealed.
Shortly after a few hours, seven law enforcement agencies started to locate the two students. Some of the agencies included were Arapahoe County and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Littleton Police Department.
Heard One Bang
According to Spurlock, the victim left the school at 3:15 pm on Tuesday. She got in the car with the suspect, and they drove across the parking lot and into another lot. But, between 3:15 and 3:30, the suspect murdered the teen.
The shooting happened in a parking lot adjacent to the school’s parking lot. Thus, it was not committed to the school’s property.
Officers found the vehicle they were searching for about 7:45 pm near the Ray Nixon exit in Fountain. The Fountain is about 15 miles south of Colorado Springs. But as they approached the vehicle, they heard a bang.
Died Moments Later
Officers with the Fountain Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol approached the vehicle. They heard a single gunshot from the car, and they found an 18-year-old Samuel Hoffman.
According to reports, Hoffman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just moments after officers made contact with him. He was found to be of Centennial school. The 17-year-old girl was found dead in the backseat.