IRON MOUNTAIN - A former Kingsford resident is being sought in connection to a recent triple homicide and arson in Colorado.
According to authorities from the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office in Pueblo, Colo., 59-year-old Harry Mapps is the primary suspect in the incident.
He remains at large.
Lisa Shorter, primary public information officer for the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, confirmed that Mapps is a former Kingsford resident. He graduated from Kingsford High School in 1972.
The triple homicide was discovered on Nov. 27, when emergency responders were called to a structure fire in Rye, Colo. A neighbor had called 911 when he saw smoke coming from inside the residence.
Emergency responders located three bodies inside the residence.
After investigating, authorities determined that the three had died of gunshot wounds. They were identified as 51-year-old Reginald Tuttle, 55-year-old Kim Tuttle, and their daughter 33-year-old Dawn Roderick.
Investigation also revealed that the fire had more than one point of origin, leading authorities to declare the fire as arson.
Authorities believe that Mapps had also been a resident of the Tuttles' home up to one week before the incident.
Furthermore, they found that checks belonging to one of the victims had been cashed in Pueblo and La Junta, Colo. on the day of the fire. Surveillance footage showed Mapps as the person who cashed the checks.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office has already issued arrest warrants for Mapps for the offenses of identity theft, theft above $5,000, and forgery. Warrants for homicide have not been issued at this time.
In a press release, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said that although the warrants are not for homicide, they are extraditable nationwide and into Canada.
"Harry Mapps is believed to be armed and dangerous and new bulletins have been sent to all local and national law enforcement outlets," he said. "It seems the victims were shot while they slept, resulting in their death. It would appear the motive for the crime was financial and the evidence only leads to one person being involved in all necessary aspects of the crime and that is Harry Mapps."
Mapps is six feet tall, 135 pounds, and has red hair, blue eyes, and possibly a graying beard. He was last known to drive a blue 2004 Chrysler Town and Country van with either Colorado or Texas license plates.
Authorities added that Mapps may take advantage of services offered to veterans or the homeless wherever he is staying.
Besides Kingsford, Mapps was also known to be a former resident of Dimmitt, Texas.
Should anyone see Mapps in the local area, they are urged to immediately contact local law enforcement.