Cdale homicide investigation ongoing |

Cdale homicide investigation ongoing

The crime scene: An apartment complex about a block from the intersection of Main Street and Highway 133 in Carbondale is surrounded by police tape Tuesday morning.
Will Grandbois / Post Independent |

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Monday it had not made an arrest yet in Carbondale’s first slaying in 12 years, but “the sole suspect remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries in Grand Junction.”

A woman identified late last week as Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, 30, was found Feb. 16 stabbed to death in an apartment west of downtown. Police went to the area after a man involved in a traffic accident at about 7:15 a.m. that day told the flight crew taking him to Grand Junction for treatment that he had killed his wife before the accident.

The CBI said Monday it had “no report on the suspect’s condition at this time.” The man has not been named.

Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling was quoted in the CBI news release as saying, “I want to ensure the community that we are working closely with the CBI and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on this comprehensive investigation. Investigators continue to move forward and are addressing numerous questions connected with this alleged crime. It would not be appropriate to comment on specific elements at this time.”

The man who is hospitalized rear-ended an empty cattle truck that was about to turn left just south of city limits on Highway 133. He was first taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs for treatment, then flown to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction.

After the man’s comments on the flight, police visited several apartments on the afternoon of Feb. 16. They found Portillo-Amaya stabbed to death in an apartment less than 2 miles from the accident site after a roommate found her.

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