WINDSOR, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Windsor have linked the deadly shooting of a bicyclist on a rural road to another shooting just a few miles away along Interstate 25 that left a woman with a bullet wound to her neck. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward in the investigation.Demand For COVID Testing Increases With Arrival Of Omicron Variant
Police announced the latest information in the investigation during a news conference Friday afternoon.
“This week we did recover evidence that links these two shootings together,” said Windsor Police Chief John Michaels. “The type of evidence I will not discuss, I will keep that for the integrity of the investigation.”
Romero was shot in the neck while driving but managed to pull over and call for help.
A passing motorist found the body of Jacoby, 48, on May 18 in a ditch near County Road 72 northwest of Windsor Lake.
Police have not named any suspects or a possible motive for Jacoby’s murder. The FBI has been assisting Windsor Police in the investigation, along with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
“I accepted the FBI assistance due to their manpower and technical capabilities and I wanted Larimer County Sheriff’s Office involved from the beginning because of the similar shooting,” said Michaels.READ MORE: Long Hauler Recovers: COVID-19 Patient Goes Home After 158 Days In Hospital
Michaels said he has formalized an investigative group into a task force which includes Larimer County Sheriff, Windsor Police Department, FBI, Weld County Sheriff and representatives from the district attorney’s office.
“The FBI has now offered a $10,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for these crimes,” said Michaels.
Michaels urged the public to be vigilant, observant and report any suspicious activity. The police are still looking for witnesses on County Road 15 between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on May 18 when Jacoby was shot.
“No other cases have been linked to this shooting,” said Michaels. “I know there have been a lot of broken windows on I-25, car windows, those have not been linked to this event.”
The string of unsolved cases of broken vehicle windows reported by drivers since the I-25 shooting of Romero in April has shaken up some residents.
“It’s not that they’ve been discounted, either. The investigation into those incidents is still ongoing,” said Michaels.MORE NEWS: State Lawmakers Vow Change After Allegations Of Funeral Homes Selling Body Parts, Giving Families False Cremains
Investigators have so far no found no evidence of gunshots in those cases.