DENVER - The U.S. Marshals Service has joined in the manhunt for the prime suspect in the murders of a Rye family and is asking for help nationwide.
The Service's Violent Offender Task Force issued a wanted poster for Harry Carl Mapps that shows photos of him before the Nov. 27 fire and the day of the fire, at a drive-through bank location.
The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has issued felony warrants for the arrest of Mapps for charges of identity theft and forgery. Mapps is considered armed and dangerous, the sheriff's office said.
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, Kim 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 them. He also allegedly cashed checks from the victims shortly after the fire at nearby banks.
"This crime may have occurred in a small community but it has garnered the attention of the nation," said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. "The capture of this fugitive will be a relief to the family of the victims and we look forward to ensuring justice is done."
On Monday, investigators released a new photo of Mapps, which they believe may be a more accurate, current description. In the photo he’s thinner and clean shaven.
“We need the public’s assistance to bring the perpetrator of this horrific crime to justice.” said District of Colorado U.S. Marshal John Kammerzell.
Mapps was last seen driving a blue 2004 Chevrolet Mini-van bearing Texas license plate 7FSNK and was last spotted a bank in La Junta. He is originally from Texas.
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.