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Publish Date: 4/20/2005

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Police Sketch

Slaying sketch released
Man also suspected in Platteville-area burglaries


LONGMONT — The Weld County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday released a sketch and description of a man who may have been involved in the April 8 homicide of a 78-year-old Platteville woman.

Margie Martinez, spokeswoman for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, said a witness who was visiting the area that day offered the new information.

Investigators are interested in speaking to a Hispanic man, about 30 years old and 5 feet 10 inches tall, who speaks English well. He was reportedly wearing a baseball cap and a dark windbreaker and driving a white van.

Martinez said he is suspected of committing several burglaries in the Platteville and Gilcrest areas, taking mainly jewelry. The burglaries all happened during the day in rural areas.

Soon after Meining was found in her home on the 19000 block of Weld County Road 25, the sheriff’s office released the description of a white van or hatchback with rust spots reportedly seen in the area about the time of Meining’s death, which was estimated to be between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Martinez said it has been confirmed that jewelry is missing from the Meining residence, but the sheriff’s office is still awaiting analysis of evidence, which is being done by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

She said about the sheriff’s office is receiving three or four tips a day.

“Most of them, of course, aren’t panning out,” she said, noting that with the release of the sketch she expects the number of tips to increase considerably.

Meining was found dead in her kitchen April 8 by her son, Scott Meining. Friends called him when she didn’t show up to abridge club meeting. Her throat had been cut.

Much of her large family lives in Boulder and Weld counties. Her son, Ron Meining, owns Meining Automotive in Longmont, and her husband runs Meining Cattle Co. with two of their sons.

Meining was born in Berthoud in 1927 and lived most of her life in the region.

Anyone with information should call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015, Ext. 2825.

Pierrette J. Shields can be reached at 303-684-5273, or by e-mail at pshields@times-call.com.

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