Salida homicide cold case heating up with new information
SALIDA — A 36-year-old cold case is heating up, leading local law enforcement officials to continue their investigation despite a district attorney’s decision not to file charges.
“Over the past several days the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Salida Police Department have received new information in regards to the disappearance and homicide of Beverly England,” said Sheriff John Spezze.
Beverly England, 32, was reported missing by her husband Dale England, a Kesner Junior High teacher, on June 12, 1980, after she failed to return home that evening. At the time, Salida police launched an investigation and it was discovered that she was last seen alive in Salida with another female after dropping her two children off to play with friends.
The case went cold, very cold, until bones found near the base of Mount Shavano in 1992 were resubmitted for DNA analysis in 2013. Last year, those bones were positively identified as belonging to Beverly England and investigators knew they had a homicide case on their hands.
However, the 11th Judicial District Attorney-elect Molly Chilson said earlier this month that she has opted not to seek a grand jury or file charges in the case due to a lack of evidence and the cost. Chilson said an autopsy of Beverly England’s remains did not reveal a cause of death.
“Through the course of this investigation we have identified local persons of interest and we also believe that these persons have shared information with others in regards to the disappearance and homicide of Beverly England,” Spezze said. “We are still actively investigating all leads and any information provided in regards to this investigation.”
Anyone with information should call Sgt. Andy Rohrich at 719-539-5729, Detective Rob Martellaro at 719-530-2617 or Chaffee County Crime Stoppers at 719-539-5299.