Some excellent ideas looking4justice. Initially there was a billboard I believe but since I don't live in the area I have no idea if still there. The story has aired a few times in the Denver metro area, Channel 9, Daily Blast and few others. If I didn't live 2.5 hours away from Baily I probably would try an get the ear of the local detectives. I agree with you, I think the perps are probably local, could be a dangerous job poking around there but if I live in that community I would. Come December the case will hit 3 years. They say its still active but I am worried it will become a cold case. So I keep reaching out to media sources/links to keep this case alive and draw attention to it.
I actually went ahead an submitted all my ideas to the task-force link. I figure it couldn't hurt, maybe a few of my ideas will create something out of the box the detectives haven't thought of. If not, at least I am trying.
December 1, 2017 Seventeen-year-old Maggie Long, excited to be a part of the first concert at Platte Canyon High School, had forgotten something at home. After school, she drove the 20 minutes to her family’s ranch to retrieve it. When she pulled up the long driveway, she noticed a white van, an old beat-up Ford truck, and a brownish colored older model minivan blocking the garage door. Her family had been renting out their attic space to some people and probably thought the cars belonged to them. We will never know what was going on in her head that afternoon.
I didn’t know her personally but had heard much about her. She was on the debate team at Platte Canyon High School, where I had been a judge earlier in the year. She was good. A straight “A” student, a thespian for the local theater group, and everyone knew her. No one ever had a bad word to say about Maggie. She was an excellent role model for many of her fellow students and friends. Every year on her birthday, she would make hundreds of sandwiches, passing them out to the homeless on the streets of Denver. Many saw her studying at a table at her parent’s Chinese restaurant. You don’t run across many people like Maggie in your lifetime.
The following morning, I awoke to Facebook posts asking the public if they had seen Maggie. Pictures of her were attached to the post, and her sister said she was missing. There were numerous comments of concern and volunteers wanting to put a search party together. But the police said no, it wasn’t necessary, without giving anyone a reason.
When the students went back to school on Monday, there were grief counselors on hand for them. The parents were confused. Why grief counselors if Maggie was only missing? Did she have a fight with her parents? Did she quarrel with her boyfriend? The community still had no answers, and the police weren’t saying anything.
A week passed. The police came out with an official statement. A gag order was placed on all information on the case. Maggie’s burned body was found in her parent’s house. They had known all along and never said a word to the public. An entire week had gone by without a word about Maggie. The community, visibly upset and angry, wanting to know what happened to Maggie.
The details of that day are sketchy. Maggie went home to retrieve something she had forgotten for the concert. Upon entering her home, she interrupted a burglary taking place by three young white males. She fought with them. They ended up overtaking her, tying her to a bed. Speculation, she had been raped. During the burglary, the murderers stole jade figurines, a gun safe, several weapons including handguns and an AR-15 with over 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Loading up a white van, a brownish minivan, and an old Ford 150 pickup truck. They poured gasoline on Maggie and set her on fire. According to the coroner’s report, she had been burned alive.
When the renters called the police, the vehicles were still at the residence. The police or fire department had to have passed them as they approached the house. Unbeknownst to law enforcement, they allowed the killers to get away. Because their ranch set back onto acres of land and secluded from the road, there was only one way in and one way out. They drove out of the ranch gates and headed for Denver, in the dark. They are still on the run.
The community, shocked and horrified. Her friends, devastated. They wanted to know why the police withheld the information. They wanted to know why they hadn’t found the killers yet. Waiting over a week to disclose any information, law enforcement now wanted to know if anyone had seen anything. A tip line was set up. They questioned thousands of residents, going door to door, taking DNA samples from boys in the town fifteen and older. The police force called in the FBI and CBI. Roadblocks were set up by the ranch gates, stopping every resident going down the road passing out flyers featuring a generic sketch of one of the killers, along with pictures of what was taken from the house; they came up empty-handed.
Months passed, and they had no leads in the case. Maggie’s parents closed both restaurants they owned and left town. Rumors started to fly. One stated the family was targeted. They had been involved in illegal activities, trafficking Chinese people for some gang. All ridicules, all unfounded. Who could blame them for leaving town?
Maggie was to celebrate her eighteenth birthday that year on December 17th. Two weeks after her murder, her friends continued the tradition of making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They handed out sandwiches to the homeless, all in her memory. That June, she was an honorary graduate. Her sister accepted her high school diploma.
On the one-year anniversary of Maggie’s murder, the FBI and CBI set up another roadblock by the ranch gates. This time they had sketches of three males who may be involved. A website designated for tips as well as supplying information to the public. But again, the case still isn’t solved. When another case similar to Maggie’s happened in Missouri, the police and FBI sent out a detective to interview the young woman, who had survived, trying to get a description of her perpetrators. They were, in fact caught, but the DNA sample wasn’t a match. Another potential lead lost.
My family and I have moved from the area, but it is still a hard pill to swallow for the community at large. An emptiness felt throughout the town when Maggie was killed, and a rage still exists about how the police department handled the case. The sheriff, who decided to start his retirement early, unbeknownst to the townspeople who paid his salary. Many believe if he had been around, the killers wouldn’t have gotten away.
The two-year anniversary of Maggie’s murder is approaching, and still, the police have no new leads. The entire community still mourns her loss. The three men in the sketch are still free and believe they have gotten away with murder.
The reason I am writing this story is the information needs to go beyond Colorado. These men could be anywhere. The more platforms that publish the story, the more eyes get to look for any similarities. One man is believed to have burn marks on one of his forearms. Timeline:
On the day of Maggie’s murder, she was reported to have left school around 3:30-3:35 pm. She would have arrived at her home by 4:00 pm. A local resident was driving down Deer Creek Valley Ranchos Road and recalls no unusual activity at the Long home. The 911 call came into police dispatch at 7:01 pm. The reporting party stated they heard yelling and items being thrown around. They also smelled smoke. The reporting party was the tenants who lived in the attic.
A local resident reported an older model, tan vehicle driving fast out of the Long Ranch, crossing over into oncoming traffic. Fire department was called out at 7:12 pm. Arriving at the residence, they discovered a one-story frame house with a fire in the garage. By 8:00 pm the tenant was able to be removed from the residence. At 8:15, CBI was called out due to multiple fire ignitions. 8:45 pm completely extinguished fire when the coroner was called out to the scene. The family had gathered in the driveway, and no one was permitted to enter the premises.
Around 9:30 pm, Maggie’s sister posted a call for help to find her sister.
That evening, the concert went on without Maggie. Her friends, fellow students, and teachers were asking about her all night. It was unusual for her not to be there, especially since she was one of the organizers. When I see the timeline of events, it saddens me. To know, while she was suffering, others were enjoying themselves, listening and dancing to music. Was Maggie there in spirit? From 7 pm, the start of the concert, until it ended at 9 pm, Maggie’s spirit was among her friends; whispering her last goodbyes, knowing she would forever be seventeen.
There’s currently a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible.
Based on this statement alone: (They questioned thousands of residents, going door to door, taking DNA samples from boys in the town fifteen and older) tells you LE has DNA, so it's time to use genetic genealogy, right?
nowhereman: CBK totally was
Sept 14, 2020 2:24:38 GMT
nowhereman: can't confirm it, but he went completely silent the day JJD was taken into custody. Recent activity before that. I think he was last logged in after the arrest, but there is a lag before you would "time out"
Sept 14, 2020 2:25:58 GMT
cherylh: It would be great if the investigators or law enforcement would confirm JJD's participation.
Sept 14, 2020 18:36:34 GMT
cherylh: It would be interesting to look back at his posts.
Sept 15, 2020 22:48:29 GMT
artbe4words: It has been said by others that CBK asked many questions about DNA and then later would delete his questions. I heard he deleted a lot of his comments. It did appear he was trying to lead people down a trail that had nothing to do with the truth too.
Sept 16, 2020 23:51:38 GMT
f1guyus: I would love to think that Joe spent his golden years thinking about getting rolled up by the “samples” he spread around.
Sept 17, 2020 1:43:11 GMT
warren: I think about that too. But its not the police I worry about knocking on the door, but one of those samples I spread around all growed up.
Sept 17, 2020 17:04:44 GMT
elir: my understanding is that cbk did delete comments , but to be fair other members have done that as well. some,upon leaving the sub, have asked me to delete all of their posts.it is odd but not as uncommon as one might think.
Sept 19, 2020 18:19:39 GMT
mtf65: elir, did kNr and Trick delete posts?
Sept 23, 2020 1:17:18 GMT
elir: I havent checked for them but many members have deleted their posts, I have deleted some of my own posts.
Sept 23, 2020 3:46:23 GMT
steelbike: It would be interesting to find out that the ToT and KnR poster(s) had been JJD because of the things that they had insinuated.
Sept 23, 2020 8:53:28 GMT
goldrusher: Enjoying this cooler weather. Autumn is my favorite season.
Sept 23, 2020 11:16:45 GMT