DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police have arrested the man they say murdered a teacher in her Downtown Denver apartment.

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Terry Dunford (credit: Denver Police)

Investigators reached out to the public to help find Terry Lane Dunford II on Friday. They announced on Saturday they arrested him.

Officers discovered the body of Jeanna Leslie, 49, early Wednesday morning inside her third story unit near Stout Street near 15th.

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According to court documents, Leslie was stabbed to death on Feb. 7. Those documents also state Leslie and the suspect were both seen at the Champa Fine Wine & Liquor store the night she died.

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Jeanna Leslie (credit: Leslie Family)

Investigators say the two were then seen leaving together. A week later, when they responded to Leslie’s home, they found two cases of beer and a receipt from that store.

They say they also found a wallet with Dunford’s identification inside, including a Veterans Affairs and Denver Rescue Mission card he received the day Leslie was murdered.

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Investigators say they also found a custody report from Wheatridge police inside Leslie’s apartment. The report had Dunford’s name listed on it.

Leslie had moved to Denver to be closer to her teenage children. They say she was always willing to help people and trusted people. “Sometimes that could get her in trouble,” her daughter, Audra said.

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Details about how Leslie and Dunford knew each other have not been released. Dunford is charged with first degree murder.

Comments (2)
  1. Al Sanchez says:

    Why is it “inappropriate” to say words like homeless, black, white, Indian, for example? Too PC for you? Our problem is that we don’t tell it like it is. We try to walk on eggshells or sidestep entire conversations trying not to offend anyone. It is what it is.

  2. joeblowski says:

    like stupid redneck or stinking jew.

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