BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Thursday will mark 30 years since a murder on the University of Colorado Boulder campus and police are still asking for help to track the killer down.

Sid Wells, who was 22 at the time, was found shot to death in his condo in August of 1983. Wells was dating the daughter of Robert Redford, Shauna Redford, at the time of the shooting. Police suspected his roommate, Thayne Smika, and arrested him.

Smika was never prosecuted because the district attorney at the time declined to take the case. in 2011 the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and approved an arrest affidavit for Smika, but they still haven’t been able to find him.

Sid Wells in 1983 (credit: Boulder Police Department)

Sid Wells in 1983 (credit: Boulder Police Department)

“Smika’s relatives have not provided any helpful information to the Boulder Police Department,” police spokesperson Kim Kobel said in a statement.

“It’s past time for justice for Sid Wells and his family,” Deputy Chief Dave Hayes said. “Thayne Smika escaped a first-degree murder charge, and has likely been living a life of freedom while the Wells family has been grieving for three decades.”

Additional Information From Boulder Police

Police ask anyone with information about Smika or where he might be living to contact them. Detective Tom Dowd may be reached at 303-441-3385. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

(credit: Boulder Police Department)

What Thayne Smika might look like today (credit: Boulder Police Department)


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