Report: Convicted serial killer eyed in 1987 case
DENVER – State and federal authorities are investigating a convicted Colorado serial killer for the unsolved 1987 slaying of a woman for which a man was wrongly convicted, the Denver Post reported Saturday.
The FBI and Colorado Attorney General’s office are investigating Scott Kimball, 44, who pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder in the unrelated killing of four people, including his uncle, the newspaper reported.
A law enforcement official familiar with the case confirmed that state and federal authorities are looking at Kimball as a possible suspect in the killing of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins, the Post said. The person could not speak on the record because the investigation is still open.
Kimball is a suspect because of similarities in Hettrick’s slaying and a 2004 killing for which he is also a suspect, the newspaper reported
In that case, the body of Catrina Powell, 26, was found behind a strip mall in Westminster, Colo., in 2004. Her hands had been cut off, and her killer also sliced one of her breast’s nipples and tissue from her groin.
“That sounds just like the case in Fort Collins,” said Dr. Mike Dobersen, Arapahoe County coroner, who consulted in Hettrick’s case.
The Colorado Attorney General’s office did not comment because a grand jury is investigating the Hettrick case. The FBI also did not comment.
Hettrick’s slaying has become one of the state’s most famous homicide investigations because the man convicted of killing her in 1999, Timothy Masters, was freed in 2008 after defense lawyers showed that new DNA technology pointed to a different suspect.
Though Masters has been freed, he is still waiting to be formally exonerated and no one has been arrested in the case since his conviction was overturned.
Kimball was sentenced to 70 years in prison after pleading guilty last year in Boulder County District court in the deaths of Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod, LeAnn Emry and his uncle, Terry Kimball. The slayings happened in 2003 and 2004, after Scott Kimball was released from a Colorado prison in 2002 to become a paid FBI informant in an unrelated murder-for-hire case.
Scott Kimball, who had a history of check fraud, led authorities to the remains of Terry Kimball and Emry, whose body was found in eastern Utah. McLeod’s body was found in northwest Colorado but Marcum’s remains have not been found.
In August, The Denver Post reported that Scott Kimball was the subject of an investigation into several unsolved missing person cases. At the time, the FBI did not say whether the cases were in Colorado or in other states.
Scott Kimball recently told KUSA-TV he did not kill Powell, the Westminster woman.
“You can’t go around and accuse me of every missing person or every single homicide, I mean, that’s ridiculous,” he said. “That’s an easy out for investigators.”
The Post reported that while investigators have yet to definitively link Scott Kimball to Hettrick’s death, officials are trying to determine his whereabouts.
He is a Boulder native and known to have spent a lot of time in Montana around the time Hettrick was killed in February 1987. But the Post learned through a court record that Scott Kimball was also in Fort Collins that year. He was cited for harassment in August 1987 after an incident at a business about a half-mile from the field where Hettrick’s body was found.