Suspects in Oklahoma Panhandle slaying may be in Colorado

Suspects spotted in Springfield, Colorado

DENVER - Two murder suspects in an Oklahoma panhandle shooting may be in -- or traveling through -- Colorado.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has asked the public to be on the lookout for the men involved in a fatal shooting that happened in broad daylight on June 12.

According to the OSBI, the men approached a 77-year-old man outside the Loaf 'n Jug in downtown Boise city as he was getting out of his pickup.  Charles Cecil Nieman, of Alva, Okla., was shot to death by one of the men.  His wife, who was in the pickup, was not injured. 

Nieman was transported to Cimarron Memorial Hospital and was to be airlifted to an Amarillo, Texas hospital but died before he could be transported.

Nieman and his wife had stopped at the Loaf 'n Jug for gas as their pickup was pulling a fifth-wheel camper at about 1 p.m.  The couple was on their first leg of a vacation in Colorado, the Alva Review-Courier reported.

OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt produced two sketches of people in the area who could provide useful information to this crime.  The first individual (left) is a Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with black, medium-length hair combed back.  He was traveling in a black, 1998-2003 Chevy or GMC extended-cab pickup truck with large tires and aluminum wheels.  The other man (right) is also Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, and stands between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 8 inches tall. 

"Within one to one-and-a-half hours after the shooting, both the vehicle and suspects were reported in Campo and Springfield, Colo., convenience stores approaching individuals and asking for money to buy fuel," the OSBI said. "Witnesses at both locations reported the truck had Louisiana license plates. The subjects told one witness that they were traveling to Denver, Colo."

If these men appear similar to someone you have seen or know, or if you have pertinent information about this case, please contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-522-8017.  The OSBI has up to a $5,000 reward available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Nieman’s homicide.

It was not immediately clear why the OSBI waited a month to alert the public in Colorado be on the alert for the two men.

Boise City is about 230 miles west of Alva.