Nationwide manhunt for Harry Mapps - suspect in Rye murders and arson - intensifies

RYE, Colo. - A nationwide manhunt for a fugitive from Pueblo County is intensifying with the addition of new charges.

An original warrant for the arrest of Harry Carl Mapps accused him of identity theft and forgery after three bodies were found murdered following a fire in Rye. Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor announced Thursday that the new warrant accuses Mapps of three counts of first degree murder and one count of arson.

"The new charges will make him one of the most wanted fugitives in the country," the sheriff said.

Taylor announced the new warrant in a press conference that also included the U.S. Marshals and the Pueblo County District Attorney's office. The warrant is nationwide and includes stipulations that Mapps will not be allowed bond after he is found.

"Sometimes it feels cases go by the wayside. I can assure you all three of our agencies have been working diligently," Taylor said.

Additionally, Mapps is also wanted on a federal warrant for flight to avoid prosecution.

On Nov. 27, firefighters discovered three bodies at a home on the 8200 block of Highway 165 in Rye, Colo., after responding to a fire that gutted the home.  The Pueblo County Coroner later identified the bodies as Reginald Tuttle, 51, wife Kim Tuttle, 55, and their daughter, Dawn Roderick 33.  Autopsies showed all three victims had died of gunshot wounds. 

The sheriff’s office determined that the fire was an act of arson, most likely set to conceal the suspected homicide. Mapps is a former handyman for the victims and rented a basement room from the family.

He also allegedly cashed checks from the victims shortly after the fire at nearby banks. 

Mapps was last seen driving a blue 2004 Chevrolet Mini-van bearing Texas license plate 7FSNK and was last spotted at a bank in La Junta.  He is originally from Texas.

To date, investigators have not recovered the van or the stolen money.

Anyone with information Mapps' whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service 24 hour tipline at 1-877-WANTED2 (1-877-926-8332). A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading directly to Mapps' arrest.

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