Deputies find woman’s body while searching for missing man

Timothy Lee Copley has been missing since June 20, 2014. / El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Timothy Lee Copley has been missing since June 20, 2014. / El Paso County Sheriff's Office

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — El Paso County investigators found a woman’s body while searching for a missing man Thursday.

The body was found around 9 a.m. inside a home on West Colorado Avenue.

Sheriff’s deputies came across the body as they were searching for a missing man. Deputies said when the new administration took over in January, they ordered an audit of active missing persons and runaway cases. At the time, there were about 26 such cases, dating back to 1982.

One detective was assigned to the case of Timothy Lee Copley, who was last seen on June 20, 2014. With approval from Copley’s family, the detective coordinated a multi-jurisdictional search effort to find him. As part of this effort, deputies got a warrant for Copley’s home.

When they entered the home, deputies found a deceased woman.

Deputies said they do not suspect foul play, but the Metro Crime Lab was called out as a matter of procedure. An autopsy is planned. The woman’s name has not been released.

Anyone with information on Copley’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Mackey at 719-520-7291.

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