Colorado Police Ask for Help in Solving Cold Cases

Brandon Browne, 23, was a young, vibrant, athletic, man who was gunned down on Nov. 26, 2004, outside of a the Denny’s restaurant on North Academy Boulevard. According to the police that had interviewed Brandon’s friends that had been with him that night, an altercation occurred with Brandon’s friends outside in the parking lot. Brandon who had been standing several yards away next to his car with his girlfriend was shot in the chest. Paramedics arrived and transported the victim to Memorial Hospital, however he died very soon afterwards.

The gunman fled the scene and has never been apprehended. Detective Richard Gysin of the Colorado Springs Police Department urges anyone with information to come forward immediately. To contact Detective Gysin you can call (719)-444-7500. Crime Stoppers is offering a $7000.00 reward for information regarding in the arrest of Brandon’s killer. You can see Brandon Browne’s picture HERE.

Cecilia “C.C.” Cipriani, 32, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1981. By 1982, Cecelia becomes an El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy, then divorces her high school sweetheart, Terry Faherty, who goes AWOL while in the United States Army. In 1984, Cecilia is promoted and in 1985 she transfers to investigations where she worked with sexual assault and child abuse cases. While working, a Colorado State Trooper, Robert Benefiel starts seeing Cecilia, by April of 1985, the two were married. Cecilia and her husband then moved to Durango, Colorado where she transferred to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office. But by November, Cecilia returned and was re-hired by El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and was assigned as a homicide detective. In 1990, Cecilia became the first woman in El Paso County Sheriff’s history to become a Lieutenant. Unfortunately her private life was not going as well as her work life had been.

Her husband Robert Benfiel had asked Cecilia for a divorce, it was to be final on Nov. 19, 1990. On Nov. 16th, Cecilia Cipriani was found shot two times inside of her home she had just bought in Ivywild while sitting at the dining room table. She was still been in her uniform. With no alibi and a failed polygraph, her husband became the main suspect in murder. The District Attorney however stated that there had been insufficient evidence to arrest Benefiel, he was set free. By 1993, re-married, Benefiel was placed on paid leave for six months after an altercation with a gun and his new wife. Since then Benefiel has resigned, however Cecilia’s murder is still unsolved. There is a $10,000 reward in the arrest of Cecilia’s murderer. Detective Derek Graham of the Colorado Springs Police Department is urging anyone with information to come forward or call (719) 444-7561. You can see Cecilia Cipriani’s picture HERE.

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Paul Skiba, his 9 1/2 year-old daughter Sarah Skiba, and employee, Lorenzo Shivers were last seen on February 7, 1999. Paul who was the owner of Tuff Movers in Denver, Colorado was known to be a hard working, very intelligent man who made a very good living moving antiques from one destination to another. He is remembered as a man who loved fishing so much that he carried his tackle with him at all times. In 1989, Paul married and had a daughter Sarah. Unfortunately the two divorced and Paul was given weekly visitation rights. Paul continued to be a great father taking Sarah tubing and fishing whenever he had the free time.

In 1999, Paul’s mother Sharon had gone back to Minnesota for her mother’s funeral, while there, Sharon received a call telling her that Paul and Sarah were no where to be found. Lorenzo Chivers an employee of Paul had also went missing. Paul’s girlfriend at the time told police she had known something was wrong, however a neighbor brought a new light to the case after revealing that Paul had told his girlfriend to move out after a big fight occurred. A week later with no clue as to where the three were, Paul’s mother Sharon decided to go to the storage facility with Paul’s best friend Rich. While approaching the storage area, Sharon realized that there had been a strange lock on the gate.

Rich then jumped the fence and saw what he had not wanted to see. Bullet holes, blood smears, and a piece of scalp with hair attached to it. Police were immediately called. No bodies were ever found, blood samples did reveal that it had been Paul and Sarah’s blood. Lorenzo Chivers has never been found. Sgt. D.R. Lester urges anyone with information to please come forward or call (303) 430-2400. There is an $8,500 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the alleged murderer. You can see Paul, Sarah and Lorenzo’s picture HERE.

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Jennifer Lynn Marcum, 26, has been missing February 17, 2003. Her last known whereabouts were in the vicinity of the Denver International Airport where her 1999 Saturn was found abandoned. Jennifer is 5’6″, 115 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. Jennifer’s son Austin was 19 months at the time of her disappearance. Jennifer had been working at Shotgun Willie’s and had been trying to earn enough money to raise her son.

Authorities believe that Jennifer might have been murdered in 2003. No evidence, no suspects, no nothing has turned up since then. The family is offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with any information regarding Jennifer Lynn Marcum. FBI agent Nick Vanicelli urges anyone to come forward or call (303) 629-7171 if they know anything regarding Jennifer’s disappearance. You can see Jennifer’s picture HERE.

Thad Tigges, 33, was shot to death multiple times as he opened his front door on January 25, 2001. As expressed by family and friends, Thad loved to go snowboarding and ride motocross with his friends and brother. Thad was a student at Denver Technical College where he had been studying radiology, a career he had been pursuing and was looking to further in the future.

No one understands or knows what happened that terrible night in 2001, when Thad’s life was cut short. No arrests have been made, no suspects have been fingered, it’s as if no one was around, but we all know that someone had to hear or see something. If you are that someone please contact Detective Joe Dermott of the Denver Police Department at (720)-913-6203. There is a $100,000 reward that has been offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of Thad Tigges’ killer. You can see Thad’s picture HERE.

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Justice needs to be served in all cases that end up with no clues, no arrests, no peace of mind. Someone, somewhere knows some small little detail about one of these cases. No matter how small the detail, the importance of it is what is huge to the family members of these people whose lives were cut short so abruptly. Think about how you would feel if you knew or were related to one of these victims. There would be an unsettling feeling inside of you until the person responsible was found. Any help is appreciated and needed.

SOURCE : Families of Homicide Victims & Missing Persons
http://www.unresolvedhomicides.org/index.cfm