Denver couple accused of strangling elderly woman to death in Edwards home invasion

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 16:59:45-05

EDWARDS, Colo. — A Denver couple was arrested Wednesday night in Edwards in Eagle County after an apparent home invasion robbery in which one person was found dead.

The victim was later identified as 74-year-old Catherine Kelley, of Edwards. A coroner determined her cause of death was strangulation, and her manner of death was a homicide. 

Eagle County deputies arrested Jacob Taylor White, 23, and Leigha Page Ackerson, 24, following a suspicious incident in the Pilgrim Downs neighborhood.

Around 10:30 p.m., deputies arrived on scene of the possible home invasion. While checking the home for suspects, Kelley's body was found.  

The area was immediately cordoned off, and an alert was sent out to the residents in the Lake Creek area to shelter in place. 

During a search of the area, the two suspects were located and taken into custody.

Investigators have not established a motive. It's not clear if the victim and suspects knew each other or if this was a random crime. 

According to social media posts, the couple moved from Delaware to Denver sometime in 2015. 

Eagle County authorities say both suspects are facing charges that will include first degree murder and first degree burglary.