Murder case turning cold |

Murder case turning cold

Glenwood Springs police have no new information to share in the June 16 killing of Tom Lubchenco at Wal-Mart.

Police chief Terry Wilson said Thursday the department still is dedicating four investigators to the case, but leads have been hard to come by.

“We’re still investigating it full time,” Wilson said, expressing frustration on the lack of substantial headway.

He declined to say whether forensic tests from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation have come back, but the department had said it was expecting to have them by mid-July.

A $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer still stands.

Lubchenco, a Glenwood Springs artist and father of two, was shot to death around 11:30 p.m. on Father’s Day inside Wal-Mart while he was working there.

Police are basing their search for the killer on descriptions they received from witnesses of a 5-foot 10-inch white male with a thin build who was wearing a black baseball cap and a black jacket at the time of the shooting. The unknown suspect also might be in possession of a two-tone, black-colored backpack with two zippers that come together at the top.

Meanwhile, a reception was held Friday for a benefit art auction organized to help the Lubchenco family in the wake of the tragedy. The event was hosted by the Main Street Gallery and The Framer, 817 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Around 60 artists donated art, with all proceeds from the auction going to the Lubchenco family.

“It’s been very successful, beyond my wildest dreams,” gallery manager Nancy Sprick Page said. “I thought we were doing this for the Lubchenco family, but it turned out to be for the whole community. It’s helping people to heal.”

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