DENVER - The widow of the Colorado prison chief killed by an escaped parolee says she is angered and frustrated by the slow investigation into the murder one year ago.
Lisa Clements, widow of Tom Clements, told our partners at The Denver Post that she is concerned the investigating agencies are not working together.
"Each of them have a piece of the picture, but the whole picture is missing," she said.
One year ago, parolee Evan Ebel, a felon identified as high risk and under intensive supervision, cut his ankle monitor and escaped his parole officer's supervision for days. Ebel was a violent, habitual offender with known prison gang affiliations; however, critical alerts that Ebel was on the run were ignored.
With no one looking for him, Ebel had days to murder two Colorado men. Ebel first shot and killed 27-year-old Nate Leon for his uniform, using it as a disguise a few days later when he murdered his ultimate target, the head of Colorado's prison system, Tom Clements.
Ebel was subsequently killed in a chase and shootout with authorities in Texas after shooting a Texas deputy.
Both families say that after a year of wondering, they still have yet to learn much else about the case.
"We have yet to know much more than we knew about his murder within 48 hours," Clements told the newspaper.
"They just told us we're positive this is who killed your husband. And that’s where it ended. We haven't heard from anybody since, and that was a month into it," Katie Leon told CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta.
The investigation is led by the El Paso County Sheriff's Department. That agency posted a press release online Tuesday saying that it continues to work on the case "to ensure we fully understand if any co-conspirators were involved with Evan Ebel."
Clements said Tuesday, "It's very difficult for me to believe that he planned and orchestrated and financed this act himself."
Leon was killed on March 17 and Clements was killed on March 19, 2013.