On May 15, 1988, residents of a Deer Creek Canyon home experienced problems with their toilet. After trying several remedies, the residents opened the septic tank and discovered a body inside. With help from Aspen Septic Service and the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, the tank was drained and the body and evidence were removed. The body was identified as that of James William Murray, known to locals as "Crazy Jim."
Family and friends had not seen Murray since December 1985 as he prepared for a trip to Arizona. For many years, Murray had lived in a cabin behind Long Brothers Garage off Highway 285 near Conifer. He also rented a house off Grapevine Road for a while. An investigation revealed that Murray, who was last known to be driving a beige Volkswagon Rabbit, had both used and sold cocaine.
After Murray's death became public, many Jefferson County residents came forward with information. Today, the cold case team is seeking any information that may shed light on this case, whether or not it was provided during the initial investigation.
Cold Case Investigator