Authorities ID ‘Lenado man’ |

Authorities ID ‘Lenado man’

ASPEN – Local authorities have identified the victim of a homicide that occurred 33 years ago and are seeking information from anyone who might have known him.

The victim is Donald Allison, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. His body was found in August 1979 near Lenado, a tiny community located northeast of Aspen, in unincorporated Pitkin County. Allison’s identity was confirmed by FBI fingerprint analysts, the Sheriff’s Office said in an announcement Wednesday morning.

Allison was about a month shy of his 50th birthday when his body was discovered, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The “cold-case homicide” has been under investigation since the body was found, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Over the years, investigators have continued to re-examine the case. Technology has made huge advances since the homicide occurred, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and authorities are taking advantage of increased forensic abilities, sifting through the evidence left at the scene to determine what old evidence may provide new clues.

The Sheriff’s Office, working with the county Coroner’s Office, said it has already developed new and productive leads through a connection from a national missing-persons database. Information put into the database by investigators matched several elements of those entered by a law enforcement agency outside of Colorado in relation to Allison’s disappearance, ultimately leading to the identification of the remains as Allison’s, said the Sheriff’s Office statement.

Anyone who knew Allison, or has any information regarding the homicide, is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 970-920-5300, or send an e-mail to Even the smallest bit of information has the potential to help solve the homicide, authorities said.

The Sheriff’s Office, in its statement, indicated it will not release any further information about the case at this time.

For more on the case, see Thursday’s Aspen Times.

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