LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Lakewood are investigating a murder of a woman who they saw was a family law attorney.
The body of Claudia D. Miller, 66, was found at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside an office building near 4th and Urban Street.
“A cleaning crew had gone inside and found the body in an office here in the building. We responded and for several hours we knew we had a suspicious death but we weren’t really sure about the manner of death,” said Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis.
Police have released surveillance images of a man they described as being a suspect in the case.
“Detectives have obtained surveillance camera images from a Walmart store at 36th and Quebec Street as well as a King Soopers store at 28th and Quebec that contain the image of a black man who was in possession of a credit card belonging to the victim,” Davis said.
“We’re not sure that this man killed her, but he has a lot of information we’d like to have,” Davis said.
Detectives believe that the suspect took Miller’s vehicle. It’s described as a black 2012 Honda Accord with Colorado plate 915-YTU. Anyone who sees or has seen this vehicle is asked to contact police.
Miller was an attorney and had a family law practice located in the building.
“I was in the office all day yesterday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and I didn’t hear anything, with them finding her at 7 p.m. I don’t know if anything could have happened while I was there,” said Dominic Losasso, who works in the building.
Although Losasso didn’t hear anything suspicious, he said he did encounter someone who was out of place earlier in the day.
“I remembered yesterday that a man had come in about 10 a.m. to ask for money, he identified himself with a moving company and his truck had run out of gas,” Losasso said.
Davis said they are checking on that lead, but it’s “someone else that we have not located” at this point.
“Whether it has anything to do with this or not, we don’t know at this point,” Davis said.
Detectives on Wednesday searched through dumpsters outside the building and examined paperwork for anything that might offer clues in the woman’s murder.
Police have not released the manner of death, but detectives indicated there was trauma to the victim’s body.
Lakewood Detectives are asking anyone who feels they may have information that would assist them in their investigation to call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. You may be eligible for a $2,000 reward.