If you’re interested in researching information on the crime data and statistics regarding the number of murders in Colorado by year, you can easily find annual reports with crime statistics on the websites of multiple law enforcement agencies, both local and statewide. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issues a Uniform Crime Report annually which shows the crimes, crime rates, and locations of crimes in every state, county, and city, including across the state of Colorado.
Looking further into the information and data shown in these reports, as well as on Project: Cold Case’s homicide statistics site, we can get a basic idea of how many murders both occur, and remain unsolved in Colorado. According to Project: Cold Case, there are around 2,931 unsolved murders in Colorado dating from 1980 to 2019. Looking further into this report, we can see that from 1965 to 2019, there were around 9,277 murders in Colorado. Since then, roughly 6,346 of those homicides were solved, sadly leaving around 2,931 unsolved murders in Colorado.
Some of the unsolved murders in northern Colorado include the 1999 murder of Renee Bina Munshi, the 1999 murder of Mary Lou Vickerman, the 1977 murder of Steven Kirk, and the 1979 double murder of Walter and Kimo Perry, among many others. Additionally, some examples of unsolved central Colorado murders include the 1991 murder of Ricky Allen, the 1987 murder of Sherry Boyd, the 1976 murder of Sharon Marie Copp, the 1991 murder of James Albert Hamm, the 1976 murder of Pamela Jean Bluemel, and the 2006 murder of Steve John Burton, among many others. In addition to this, some unsolved murders in Denver, Colorado, include the 1997 murder of Jeremiah Thomas, the 1989 murder of Mary Showman, the 1979 murder of Bonita Raye Morgan, and the 1974 murder of Diocela Espino-Simpson, among many others. Lastly, a few unsolved murders in Arapahoe County, Colorado, include the 1988 murder of John Cliborn, the 1995 murder of Jennifer Sue Larsen, the 1980 murder of Stephanie Ann Bauman, the 1990 murder of Gary Donald Johnson, and the 1970 murder of Marilee Burt, among countless others.