PARK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators with Park County announced an update in the unsolved murder of Maggie Long on Monday afternoon. That includes an increased reward and a new website they hope will lead to her killers.
“Maggie was purposely set on fire and burned alive,” said Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw.
The teenager’s remains were found dead in her family’s burned home near Bailey on Dec. 1, 2017.
McGraw said they are searching for at least three suspects in her murder. Investigators believe that one or more suspects may have suffered injuries in that fire. They also believe the men may have relocated or changed their appearance by growing out or shaving beards and growing or cutting their hair.
The reward has been increased to $50,000. The website, MaggieLongTaskForce.com, has been created for the public to submit information.
“The website includes factual information to include pictures of Maggie, the crime scene, and evidence to encourage you to compare what you might know or have heard with what actually happened,” said McGraw.
A statement on the website reads, “This website was created to allow the Maggie Long Task Force to engage with the community and provide a venue for community members to share any information they may have directly with the task force. Oftentimes, members of the community have information of value but do not come forward because of concerns that it may not be important or may be information law enforcement already has.”
“Somebody knows what happened,” said McGraw. “Every tip will be addressed and no tip is considered unimportant.”
He went onto explain that the task force created to solve Long’s murder has conducted multiple searches of the house and areas surrounding the property. They also have interviewed hundreds of people and witnesses that didn’t come forward until months after her murder.
“These three men may or may have not had prior criminal arrests or be who you may expect to be involved in such a crime,” said McGraw.
The murder is being investigated by the FBI, ATF and Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
There are images of vehicles that could be associated with the suspects on the new website. Investigators are asking that anyone who knows anything about any of the vehicles pictured to contact them.
McGraw did not elaborate on how the house was set on fire because he didn’t want to jeopardize the investigation.