Apr 21, 2010 10:04 PM by David Ortiviz

Information sought in murder of Florence woman

Police are looking for clues surrounding the mysterious death of a Florence woman, who was found dismembered at a campground in the next county. Canon City Police still have more questions than answers, partly because the 44-year old woman didn't have many friends.

An autopsy showed Rebecca Magallanes' body was dumped at the campground in Eastern Custer County after she was killed somewhere else. There are few clues about who did it. "The woman did not have a lot of strong ties to the community," said Capt. Cooper, with the Canon City Police Department.

Police say Magallanes was a bit of an outsider. She lived in the tiny town of Florence with no relatives anywhere in the state. She didn't own a car but worked part-time in nutritional services, at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City.

One day last November, out of the blue she didn't show up. A couple of weeks later there was a gruesome discovery. "From what I was told by our investigators, was that a torso was recovered," said Cooper.

Her coworkers were shocked. "We would offer our condolences to the family, and our heart and thoughts go with the family," said Diane Wiersum, a spokesperson for St. Thomas More Hospital.

Police have interviewed hospital workers and Magallanes' boyfriend, but still no strong leads. "Everybody has some personal problems in their life and this woman was no exception, but they weren't anything that would be a red flag by themselves," said Cooper.

With little physical evidence police are now focused on talking to anyone who saw her on or around November 6th, the last day she was seen alive at her job at the hospital. If you have information on this case contact the Canon City Police Department at (719) 276-5608.


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