By Jennifer Brice

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Investigators do not want the 2014 murder of a 38-year old woman to turn into a cold case. They hope someone knows something about the brutal murder, which investigators say they are close to solving.

Sandra Meza was known for her bright, beautiful smile. Her nicknamed was “Smiles” by her family and friends, but her brutal murder only brings pain to people close to her.

Meza was stabbed to death and her body dumped over the edge of Lookout Mountain.

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Sandy Meza (credit: CBS)

Meza lived with her boyfriend’s mother, Rosario Kern, when she first moved to Colorado from California. She was also known by Sandra Walker, her birth name, and Sandra Mercado.

CBS4 spoke with Kern several years ago after Meza’s body was found. Kern says Meza was a happy person.

“She was making jokes all the time,” says Kern. “I think she was a good person.”

Kern says she ultimately asked Meza to move out because of her smoking and drinking habits.

Investigators say the last place Meza lived was at an apartment complex in Montbello. It was also the last place she was seen alive before her body was discovered in May 2014. At the time, she was working at a taco shop in Aurora.


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The area where the woman’s body was found (credit: CBS)

For the past three years. Detectives have spent hundreds of hours gathering evidence about Meza’s murder but they need more information to tie it all together.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer says they need any additional information someone may have about Meza, “Anything about Sandra’s relationships, here or on California, or about behavior of the people that she hung around with.”

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer is interviewed by CBS4’s Jennifer Brice (credit: CBS)

Investigators are certain the suspects who killed Meza knew her.

Additional Information From The Denver Police Department

Remain anonymous and earn up to $2,000. 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; or use the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app which is immediately available as a free download on smartphones. 

Jennifer Brice is a reporter with CBS4 focusing on crime and courts. Follow her on Facebook or on Twitter @CBS4Jenn.


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