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WHS grad found dead in car at jail


Last updated 6/29/2022 at 3:14pm

Courtesy of Michelle Blackwelder

Melody Horton, a 44-year-old mother, was identified as the woman found deceased in her vehicle outside the El Paso County jail on June 24.

A woman whose body was found inside a car parked at the El Paso County jail when her husband turned himself in for killing her last week has been identified as a Widefield High School graduate.

Authorities say the victim was 44-year-old Melody Horton of El Paso County. Her husband, 52-year-old David Mitchell, turned himself in on June 24.

The cause and the manner of her death will be determined by the El Paso County Coroner's Office and have not yet been announced. Horton's death is being investigated by the Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide/Assault Unit as a homicide.

The discovery came shortly after 1 p.m. June 24 when the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Communication Center was notified by the El Paso County Communications Center of a possible homicide victim in a vehicle at the El Paso County Jail, 2739 E. Las Vegas St. The county jail is located within the city of Colorado Springs, and detectives from the CSPD Homicide/Assault Unit responded to assume the investigation.

Detectives were informed by El Paso County Sheriff Office Deputies that Mitchell had walked into the jail to turn himself in for having killed his wife. Deputies subsequently responded to the visitor parking lot of the jail and found a deceased adult female inside a vehicle. During the investigation, detectives learned the death occurred in unincorporated El Paso County. After coordinating with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, CSPD Homicide/Assault Unit Detectives continued the investigation and obtained probable cause to arrest Mitchell for First Degree Murder. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail on June 24.

Anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.


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