WINDSOR, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Windsor urged the community of northern Colorado to be vigilant after investigators 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.
“People want answers, I know that,” said one concerned Windsor resident.
“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.”
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward in the case for the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the shootings.
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.
“Be vigilant; be aware of your surroundings, see what’s going on. If you see something suspicious, we need to know about it,” said Michaels.
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.
Those in the community say their hearts are with the victims. Jacoby was a staple in the Windsor community.
“Everybody knew him one way or another,” said one resident.
“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.
“I’ve just been looking around because you never know,” said one driver.
“I take back roads,” said another.
“It’s not that they’ve been discounted, either. The investigation into those incidents is still ongoing,” said Michaels.
Investigators have so far no found no evidence of gunshots in those cases.
Windsor 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.