Attorney found dead in office building; Her credit card used by an unknown man at 2 stores
Police: Death is a homicide
Last Updated: 280 days ago
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A slain attorney's credit card was used at a grocery store about 35 minutes after police say they responded to the discovery of her body.
The attorney was identified as Claudia D Miller, 66, by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. The coroner hasn't yet released the cause of death, but Lakewood detectives say there was trauma to her body.
Police say they responded to the report of a cleaning crew finding the body at 8:15 p.m. Police spokesman Steve Davis had previously said a cleaning crew found the body about 7 p.m. Tuesday in an office at the three-story building at 445 Union Blvd. and called 911.
Miller had a family law practice located in the building.
Lakewood police released surveillance photos from a King Soopers store at 28th Avenue and Quebec Street, where they say a black man was in possession of the victim's credit cards. The photo is time-stamped at 8:50 p.m.
Police said they also have images from a Walmart store at 36th Avenue and Quebec Street. The photo from the Walmart is stamped with 9:07 p.m.
"These pictures that you're looking at, we're not sure that that man killed her," said Davis.
Miller's car, a black 2012 Honda Accord with Colorado license plate 915 YTU, was taken from the crime scene. Anyone who sees or has seen this vehicle should call 911 immediately.
"There's been a lot of speculation that this may have been a client of hers. That has not been shown to be the case," said Davis.
Police spent time interviewing the cleaning crew along with other people who were in the building when the body was found, Davis said.
Investigators were seen going through a trash bin on the building property Wednesday morning. Police crime scene tape surrounded the building.
People who work in the building tell 7NEWS the body was found in Miller's third floor office. The building was closed to everyone but law enforcement on Wednesday.
The killing stunned and alarmed people who work in the building and nearby offices.
"It's horrifying," said Dominic LoSasso, who works on the third floor where the body was found.
LoSasso said the building has a security system that requires people to punch in an entry code, but he thinks the entry code isn't required until later in the evening.
"This is something when you get in a nicer building, you don't expect to happen," he said.
Brett Dieter, who works in the building next door, said he noticed police cars circling the building as officers looked for something on Tuesday night.
"I honestly thought it was some kind of drug deal or someone got busted," Dieter said. "I had friends who came and saw ambulances."
"It's kind of scary that I live really close to here and someone got murdered, like two minutes from where I live," Dieter said.
Police say they are following several leads, but no suspect has been identified at this time.
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