GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The coroner has identified the body of a man found in Golden Sunday night and has ruled the death a homicide.
The body was found by the Rooney Road Recycling Center on South Rooney Road in Golden, near Colfax Avenue and close to Interstate 70 and C-470.
The coroner has identified the victim as Nathan Collin Leon, 27, of Commerce City.
“Mr. Leon was a pizza delivery man who disappeared from work in Denver and was then discovered deceased,” Officer Carlos Montoya with Denver police said in a statement.
Leon was delivering pizzas for a Domino’s Pizza store in North Denver when he disappeared. His family says he reported to work like always at 11 a.m. on Sunday, but he never returned from one of his first deliveries. A man flying a model airplane just before 6 p.m. found the body on the edge of a soccer field.
Leon was married with a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old twins. His family cannot believe he is gone, and they can’t imagine that the motive could have been robbery.
“This family is devastated beyond belief … this family is horrified, broken,” Leon’s mother-in-law Bernadette Alness said.
“He wouldn’t have had anything but the pizza and maybe $20 on him,” Leon’s sister-in-law Amber Lanes said.
The coroner hasn’t released the cause of death but police said there were definite signs of foul play.
Domino’s won’t comment on the case but employees at Sapp Brothers Truck Stop, farther north, say detectives came and asked for surveillance video taken on Sunday. They say a customer there may have ordered a pizza that Leon was assigned to deliver.
Denver and Golden Police Departments are looking for anyone who may have information regarding this homicide or seen anything suspicious in the areas of the Rooney Road Gas Flare, Foothill Road and Eldridge Circle in Jefferson County, or East 50th Avenue and North Forest Street in Denver on March 17 between the hours of 1:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.