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Authorities release sketch of third suspect in case of Maggie Long’s 2017 murder

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 12:44:06-04

BAILEY, Colo. — Authorities have released a third sketch of a person who may have been involved in the murder of 17-year-old Maggie Long on Dec. 1, 2017.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office and Maggie Long Task Force published the sketch Tuesday morning. They said the suspect was seen driving a van and leaving the Long residence in Bailey that day, according to the sheriff's office. Authorities are interested in speaking with the man.

Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw promised this third sketch was coming during a community meeting on Jan. 28.

“I am committed to keeping my promises to our community and working with the public and the Task Force to find those responsible for Maggie’s murder,” McGraw said. “We ask the public to carefully review the updated information and consider whether someone they know could have been involved in this incident or whether someone they know has demonstrated behavior that could be suggestive of involvement in this incident.”

Authorities said they believe Long was burned alive inside her family’s home in December 2017. McGraw said they have ruled out hundreds of persons of interest, but identified three possible suspects. He said it’s possible that the suspects could have been injured in the fire, and they may have altered their appearances, sold the involved vehicles and moved since the day of the crime.

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Authorities released new images showing the inside of Maggie Long's home in Bailey, Colo. after announcing that there were three suspects being sought in her death.

The three sketches, plus pictures of the type of suspect vehicles, are available on the Maggie Long Task Force’s website, which launched in January. The website also allows witnesses anonymity, with the opportunity to receive a reward up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

“We appreciate the influx of the tips and the continued support of the Park County community related to this investigation,” McGraw said. “The Task Force and my office remain steadfast in our pursuit of justice for Maggie Long, her family and friends and our community.”