Search for Rye triple homicide suspect continues; new photo released
The Pueblo County sheriff has received hundreds of tips on the prime suspect in last week’s triple homicide in Rye, but the manhunt continues.
Sheriff Kirk Taylor said Monday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals have joined the search for Harry Mapps, 59.
Mapps is considered a suspect in the shooting deaths of Reginald Tuttle, 51, wife Kim Tuttle, 55, and their daughter, Kim Roderick 33.
Investigators said the three were shot multiple times before their home was set on fire Wednesday.
Mapps worked for Tuttle’s trucking company and had lived at their house.
Although his warrants aren’t for homicide, Mapps is wanted for cashing checks from the victims in Pueblo and La Junta.
“Every indication so far is he’s left the state, but that’s educated speculation,” Taylor said.
KRDO-TV, The Chieftain’s news partner, interviewed a woman Monday who knows Mapps.
“We know Harry. Harry was dispatching for Reggie when my husband was driving and he was such a nice, quiet, mild-mannered person that something must have snapped,” Jacqui Shray told KRDO-TV.
Taylor said detectives could finish collecting evidence from the home by Wednesday. Because of the fire’s damage, collecting evidence has proven to be meticulous.
“It’s a lot like an archaeological dig,” Taylor said. “You only get one shot at it so we want to make sure we do it right. We found quite a bit of evidence at the scene. The difference is because of the heat and the water and the condition of the building.”
On Monday, investigators released a different photo of Mapps, which they think may be a more accurate, current description. In the photo he’s thinner and clean shaven.
The sheriff’s office recommends that if Mapps is sighted, even out of town, witnesses should call 911 or their local law enforcement.