In September of 2012 Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario told CBS4 News, on camera, that his department spent a lot of time working on the case (referring to Morgan’s case), and that it will remain closed. I asked everyone back then, and I will ask it again now – how can a sheriff say that a case will remain closed when it was a suspicious death, involving a felony stalking victim, and where there was plenty of evidence of foul play?” I also asked the question, “Even if there is incompetence in the sheriff’s department, how can a sheriff make that statement when they are supposed to always review new evidence that surfaces in a suspicious death that is a possible homicide?” Well I guess this sheriff feels he can…
Oh, and remember when it comes to a homicide there is no statute of limitation on murder. And yet, it is interesting that I keep getting emails from anonymous sources that keep telling me to give it up, because the statute of limitation is over…who do you think is making these kind of comments?
Maybe it’s just me, but back in September of 2012 when I heard those words coming from the sheriff I wondered what was really behind that statement. I truly believe Colorado cares and most law enforcement officers in Colorado are honest, hardworking, and deserving of our trust, but when a few ruin it for the others, not only does the public lose out, but so do all the really good law enforcement officers, and that is just not right. If one breaks rank and stands up for the truth, because it’s the right thing to do, he or she may lose their job, and in this economy sometimes that is just not an option, and good officers should never be placed in this situation. BUT standing up for the truth and suffering from what comes from being a good person yourself, actually gives you more opportunities, more respect, and better futures await…it’s just hard to see it at the time, but good officers should never be placed in this situation in the first place. And maybe it’s just the way my mind works, but I think this is one of the biggest problems that faces our country today – the public loses trust and respect for law enforcement all because of a few bad officers or an unethical person at the top of command, and then all the good officers pay the price. This is not only wrong, but it needs to stop. How can it stop? When officers, elected officials, and citizens say enough is enough – there needs to be transparency, there needs to be accountability, honest officers, and officers that stand up for the truth need to be praised, not fired.
You can listen to the interview by clicking on this link:
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On this interview Sheriff Vallario said, “Not enough facts”
He also said his officers were out at our house over 50 times and saw no sign of a stalker – wow, is all I can say about that. Is he trying to convince everyone that his officers are completely incompetent? Or does he believe the general public will believe just about anything he tries to float? It’s true – Morgan’s stalker did not sit on the front lawn and wait for the sheriffs to get there…is that really something a stalker does? Does law enforcement generally “see” the stalker while the incident is occurring? I doubt it.
But as far as evidence of the stalker goes, they had a huge amount of evidence, and the sheriffs know it. We supplied them with photos, video, personal statements of sitings, and much more. Morgan identified her stalker. I saw the stalker. Other people heard the stalker bang on Morgan’s window in the middle of the night (but I am not about to give away the names of those witnesses here on this blog). The sheriffs had a timeline of most of the incidents, they assigned a detective to Morgan’s case, and classified it as a felony stalking case. They knew who the main suspect was, as well as his accomplice, the names were written up in the reports (stating ‘suspect’ many times), there was even a flyer produced by the detective in Morgan’s case that was distributed to all the patrol officers as well as Carbondale police. They produced posters with the suspects picture, as well as a picture of his car, to hand out to all the officers so they could be on the lookout. The suspect was referred to over 60 times in the sheriffs reports, and he was interviewed by them. The suspects work hours were requested, but not picked up until months after Morgan’s murder.
The suspect and his accomplice were never “cleared” of the crime. He never took a polygraph test. His shoes were never turned over to the sheriff’s, in fact after an eyewitness stated he saw the suspect wearing shoes that might have matched the footprints that were found under Morgan’s windows, the detective went to the suspect’s place of business to speak with the suspect, and I was then informed that the suspect was wearing black leather shoes, not purple entries, to which I replied, “Don’t you think he might own more than one pair of shoes, and maybe, just maybe the dress code at work doesn’t allow him to wear purple tennis shoes?” Call me crazy, but I don’t think you have to be a detective to figure that one out.
The sheriffs detected deceit in the accomplice & suspect’s answers, but never followed through on proving the deceit. We were told by the lead detective that if someone lies to him there is nothing he can do about it…does Sheriff Lou Vallario really believe that criminals just blurt out their guilt when asked? Call me crazy again, but I think most criminals never really admit they are guilty…most are sociopaths & psychopaths believe law enforcement, as well as everyone else on this planet, are completely clueless – sociopaths & psychopaths think they are the only ones that are smart, and they think they can fool anyone. So as far as not enough facts – how many “facts” would have been enough?
Then Vallario went on to say there was no suspicion, and no probable cause of a suspect. That is absolutely false. They knew who Morgan’s stalker was, as well as the identity of his accomplice. The lead detective in Morgan’s felony stalking case, just 2 days before her murder, stated that he felt he was very close to making an arrest and that if anything he believed her stalker would escalate his behavior…if you were Morgan’s mom how would you have reacted to that statement? I was petrified. Morgan was frightened as well, and that same night (Tuesday night, November 29th) was one of only two nights that week that her ex-boyfriend did not sleep over on the couch. The only other night he didn’t sleep over (Thursday night, December 1st) was the night she was murdered. She tried to have him sleep over every night that week, but that Tuesday night (November 29th) he couldn’t come home with her to sleep over so she came home by herself, earlier than usual, spent some time with Steve and I and then tried to get some sleep. We were all so exhausted we didn’t even realize the sheriffs were called to our next door neighbor’s house because they had been robbed. Yes, robbed – sometime before midnight that same night.
Then around 12:40 am (it was now technically Wednesday am on the 30th) Morgan came into my bedroom. She was dressed in regular clothes and had her puppy on the leash, keys in hand, and she woke me up. She said the stalker has been banging on her window for 15 minutes and she couldn’t sleep, every time she went to sleep he would wake her up, she was afraid, and wanted to leave and go to her friend’s grandma’s house to feel safe and get some sleep. She asked if I could walk her out to the car. (I shouldn’t have to explain this, but I will – she never left the house after dark without Steve or I walking with her because she was scared for her life – she had a stalker! Also please note…most stalking incidents do happen at your place of residence. Sure stalkers follow you, but from all the stalking incidents around the world that I have read about, and all the victims I have interviewed I would have to say 90% of all incidents at least, evolve around their home.
So I jumped out of bed, put on a robe and walked her out to the car. Watched her lock the doors, drive out of the driveway, and made sure another car wasn’t following her. I then went in the house and called sheriff’s dispatch. Morgan sent me a text when she was safely locked in her friend’s grandma’s house.
I was on the phone with a deputy explaining what had just happened. He said they had just been at our next door neighbors house investigating a robbery and just returned to Rifle so it was going to take them a long time to get back to our house. We were used to this – most times there was not a quick response to an incident of stalking. About an hour later an officer walked up to Morgan’s window and shined his flashlight around on the ground. The officer would travel on foot from the back of the house to the front of the house all on the side of Morgan’s bedroom, this was a typical response. How this would ever have a positive outcome on “seeing” or “catching” a stalker is beyond me. Especially since her stalker was sitting up on our roof undetected laughing at the sheriffs.
Vallario then repeated what his officers said the morning of Morgan’s death that there were, “no signs of foul play, no trauma, no sexual assault,” but what he left out was his officers also said there was no sign of suicide. We were blessed with many medical, criminal and forensic experts that reviewed Morgan’s case pro bono and disagreed with the sheriff & coroner. These experts, not us, said Morgan did not die of natural causes, the evidence pointed to foul play and her case needed an investigation. When these experts told the forensic pathologist the coroner changed her manner of death to suicide. Trying once again to get us to “back off.” It wasn’t obvious to us back then because of the shock and grief we were dealing with, but to other experts it was obvious that something was very wrong with how Garfield County was treating Morgan’s death. From the very morning of her death they were trying to get us to stop asking questions. That would have been a much easier path for us to take…we didn’t want to imagine that her stalker got into our house and murdered Morgan, but it did happen and pretending it didn’t wasn’t something we could do once the evidence started to be revealed. What they were trying to convince us wasn’t the truth, they just wanted us to believe what they “needed” us to believe, but the things they were saying didn’t add up and when we wouldn’t stop asking questions, I was threatened, and when that didn’t stop me from asking questions they changed her manner of death to a suicide with absolutely no evidence, but this was just another way to keep her case from being investigated.
Contrary to what Vallario said, not only were there signs of foul play, trauma and a possible sexual assault…all this evidence was there the very morning of Morgan’s death. The sheriffs and deputy coroner saw all of it – of that I am positive. So once again, did they follow the evidence and let it lead them to a conclusion, or did they have a big giant broom to sweep it all under the first rug they could find? And why? We believe now we know the why.
Have any of you been reading about the Ashley Fallis case out of Evans, CO? Ashley was murdered exactly one day short of the one month anniversary of Morgan’s murder. The coroner in Ashley’s case put down suicide, but it wasn’t – it was murder. Almost 4 years later Ashley’s family has fought and been able to see Ashley’s murderer arrested and awaiting trial BUT there is more, they allege a cover-up by law enforcement and the truth is finally coming out…read about it here: http://www.westword.com/news/update-deputy-on-leave-after-new-cover-up-charges-in-ashley-fallis-murder-6623746
And to my utter dismay this type of cover-up in Colorado is not exclusive to Morgan or Ashley – I believe it has been going on for a long time and because of Colorado’s antiquated coroner’s system and home rule it is allowed to happen. Here is a current case that I just read about in the news in Colorado http://kdvr.com/2015/11/12/investigation-castle-rock-family-seeks-justice-for-holly/ So what good are crime statistics when young men and women can be murdered, but then written down as suicide or accidental deaths? The fact is that in Colorado if someone is listed as a homicide then after 2 years the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is allowed to investigate as it is considered a cold case, but if they are never listed as a homicide (as in Morgan’s case) then they are never allowed to be investigated by the CBI. In Morgan’s case the CBI has offered to come in, multiple times, to investigate (at no cost to the county), and they have been turned away by Vallario – why?
I believe that Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario does not want ANY crimes against women investigated – not just Morgan, but all women of Garfield County are included in this group. I have spoken with too many others in Garfield to know that this is a reality in Garfield County, and I am sure many more will continue to contact me through this website. I don’t understand how women’s rights could have fallen so far that women have no rights when it comes to Garfield County – are women just desposable? What does the rest of the country have to say about this?
These are the battles we as women need to fight in order to keep equality and our lives. It’s not just compensation in the workplace, it is also equality as a human being. Everyone, no matter what your gender, color, ethnic background, or religious belief, every human life is important and deserves to be treated equally. We can not turn a blind eye when it comes to things like this. The sheriff is an elected official – I would think that women who care about their rights would not want to see this kind of elected official in their own county.
The hardest part of this for me has been the harsh reality that we have been deceived, and our daughter’s murder was, and is being covered up, and it is beyond devestating. I have been proud of my family members that have had careers in law enforcement, and Steve and I have both helped law enforcement over the years, and still do.
I have always had a great deal of admiration & respect for law enforcement, but I don’t envy them. I feel sorry on some level because just like in all walks of life there are good ones, and unfortunately some bad ones. And when the bad ones make it into a supervisory position or actually run the department then it gets really bad for the good cops. Good cops get involved because they truly care. They are optimistic and they have passion. Once they get in a department that may not really be looking to protect and serve, it seems like they are beat down. They can’t walk down the street without noticing the fear and distrust in people’s eyes. The only way I can see the trust and faith towards law enforcement come back to people is to demand full transparency. Support officers that come forward with the truth instead of allowing them to be fired. Give the good officers support from the state and make accountability a priority. For me, seeing a few bad officers, or officials ruin the credibility and trust of the majority of law enforcement, is just not right. It should not be like this. This country needs law enforcement to regain the trust of the people, and in my opinion the best way to do that is to make sure there is accountability. Officers that break the law (just like anyone) should be accountable for their crimes. This will not only help them to regain the trust of the citizens of the U.S. but it will also help honest and caring law enforcement agents. They will no longer need to fear the loss of their own jobs if they come forward about another officer that broke the law. It would be the taking down of the big blue wall. It would be a win-win for everyone. Just a thought, but one can hope don’t you think?
“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.” ~ Millard Fuller