It was a case that shocked the entire nation when it first broke in late 2017. And, because of the brutal nature of the crime and the age of the victim, law enforcement was determined to find the monster or monsters who committed the heinous crime. Despite their best efforts, however, no viable leads turned up and the case eventually went cold - much to the frustration of the Park County Sheriff’s Office.
Endless roadblocks and countless tips leading nowhere impeded progress in the investigation. But now, nearly 14 months later, new information has emerged that just might solve the sad case.
Investigators have released composite sketches of two of the three suspects they believe were involved in the house fire at Maggie’s home. led to three possible suspects in the gruesome murder of 17-year-old Maggie Long.
A 17-year-old Colorado girl who was found dead inside her home in 2017 was “purposefully set on fire and burned alive,” police said as they hunt for three suspects in hopes of solving the murder more than a year after the teen’s death.
According to Fox-31, “The Park County Sheriff's Office said on Monday that they believe 17-year-old Maggie Long was ‘purposefully set on fire and burned alive’ inside her Bailey, [Colorado] home on Dec. 1, 2017.”
Cautioning that the appearances of the suspects may have changed in the 13 months since the killing, Sheriff Tom McGraw said that the “three suspects still at large in the case had spent a ‘significant amount of time inside the home’ with Maggie.”
"We believe this was a targeted crime and that there are at least three suspects still at large," McGraw said during a press conference on Monday. “Maggie was purposely set on fire and burned alive."
McGraw said Maggie’s attackers spent a “significant amount of time inside the home” and thinks they set the house on fire to destroy evidence. He added that one of the attackers may have been injured the night of the murder and it’s unclear if she knew her killers, though “it’s a possibility.”
He also said that one of the suspects may have sustained an injury the night of the crime. That information plus numerous tips had helped to eliminate over 100 suspects.
According to KDVR, “Long was reported missing after she did not show up to a concert at her school, Platte Canyon High School. Her remains were discovered at her burned home off Park County County Road 43 in Bailey that night.”
A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the apprehension of Maggie's killers.
Any member of the public with information is urged to submit a tip at MaggieLongTaskForce.com or call the Park County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-239-4243.