Reward increased in unsolved killing of girl

Cheerleader Marilee Burt was found dead in 1970; reward upped to $30,000

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/11/21

More than half a century after she was killed, investigators hope an increased reward will help lead them to the person who murdered Marilee Burt. Metro Denver Crime Stoppers announced an increase in …

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Reward increased in unsolved killing of girl

Cheerleader Marilee Burt was found dead in 1970; reward upped to $30,000

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More than half a century after she was killed, investigators hope an increased reward will help lead them to the person who murdered Marilee Burt.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers announced an increase in the reward in the case to $30,000, thanks to anonymous donors.

Burt, 15, was last seen alive walking toward her Columbine Valley home in her cheerleading uniform after a basketball game at Littleton’s Goddard Junior High School on Feb. 26, 1970.

A witness saw a man in a pickup pull over to talk to Burt on Middlefield Road that evening. Her body, nude, strangled, and bearing evidence of sexual assault, was found by a Jefferson County road crew in Deer Creek Canyon the next day.

No one has ever been arrested for the crime, though a DNA profile taken from evidence in 1998 has excluded dozens suspects and persons of interest.

“We continue the complex work required to follow up on leads in this case for Marilee and her family,” Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown said in a statement. “The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office is grateful for the commitment from community members to assist in bringing justice for victims (of) crime and victims’ families.”

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers board president Michael Mills said “this is not a cold case by any means.”

“Every year we receive several tips on this case,” Mills said in a statement, “and we are hoping with the generosity of the anonymous donors that we will finally be able to identify who perpetrated this horrific crime against Marilee.”

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or submit a tip online at MetroDenverCrimeStoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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