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Police continue investigating July 5 homicide, release video of suspect vehicle 

Released on Friday, July 23, 2021
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  • Public Information Officer, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, fcpsmedia@fcgov.com, Website: www.fcgov.com/police/

The July 5, 2021 homicide remains under investigation, and detectives are asking the community to share any information about the suspect or circumstances leading up to the incident.

At this time, detectives have no indication of any connection to the July 19 homicide.

Investigators determined that the attack on victim Todd Stout likely occurred around 1:00 a.m. on July 5. Based on evidence obtained from the area, a person believed to be the suspect arrived in a light-colored compact SUV and walked to the bridge where Stout was temporarily living. A short time later, the suspect returned to the vehicle and left the scene. The vehicle traveled West on Harmony Road, then turned south on Shields Street.

The attached video captures the College/Harmony intersection. The vehicle starts on eastbound Harmony, then makes a U-turn to travel on westbound Harmony. Other footage obtained through the investigation shows the vehicle then turning south on Shields St.

Anyone with a home security system in this area is asked to contact police if video captured suspicious individuals or SUVs resembling the suspect’s vehicle. Detectives are particularly interested in any information or relevant footage from midnight to 3:00 a.m. on July 5.

“We don’t know who committed this heinous crime or why they chose to target Todd. There’s been public speculation that the suspect was also homeless, but it's neither fair nor accurate to draw that conclusion without any evidence,” said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. “We build cases on facts, not assumptions. Our investigators are pursuing every lead to find out what happened so the perpetrator can be held accountable."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FCPS Tip Line at 970-416-2825 or tipsline@fcgov.com. People who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at (970) 221-6868. Anyone who provides information leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect in this case may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

FCPS is coordinating with local organizations to host a support meeting for our homeless residents grieving the sudden loss of two community members. More information will be made available through local social service providers.

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Previous press releases related to this incident can be found here:
https://www.fcgov.com/news/?id=8050
https://www.fcgov.com/news/?id=8053