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2010 Sheffield High School graduate found murdered in Colorado

The Denver Post Ashley Mead

A Warren County native was found murdered in Boulder, Colo., this past week.

According to FOX 31 News in Denver, Ashley Mead, a 25-year-old mother who was reported missing earlier this week, was killed and her body partially dismembered, with some parts left in various places across several states and in a suitcase, the Boulder Police Department said Friday.

Mead is a 2010 graduate of Sheffield Area High School.

Mead, a mother of two, has immediate family members living in Warren County.

Mead and her 1-year-old daughter, Winter Mead, were reported missing on Tuesday in Boulder after Ashley did not show up for work. She had not been seen since Sunday.

On Wednesday, Winter was found with Adam Densmore, who is the girl’s father, in Okmulgee, Okla., about 40 miles south of Tulsa. Winter Mead was unharmed and placed into Child Protective Services.

Ashley Mead was still missing, but police found partial human remains in a dumpster outside of a Wal-Mart store in the town. An autopsy has been conducted, but the medical examiner has not made a positive identification of Mead.

However, Boulder detectives working the case in Oklahoma and the Okmulgee Police Department have tentatively identified the remains as Mead based on observations made during the autopsy (http://kdvr.com/2017/02/17/police-ashley-meads-body-parts-might-have-been-left-in-several-areas/).

On Thursday, Densmore was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. The arrest affidavit remains sealed, police said.

Detectives believe Mead was killed in Boulder and her body at least partially dismembered just outside of Shreveport, Louisiana. Police said some of Mead’s body parts might have been discarded as Densmore traveled across six states after the alleged murder.

Police are still investigating Densmore’s exact travel route from Sunday to Wednesday, but they believe he left Boulder on Sunday night and traveled to Raton, N.M. He then went south and east through the Texas Panhandle before arriving in Haughton, La., on Monday night. On Tuesday night, police said Densmore drove to Conway, Arkansas, where he spent the night.

On Wednesday morning, he drove to Okmulgee before being located and arrested at about 1:30 p.m.

Police believe a portion of Mead’s body could be in a purple suitcase that has not been located.

A GoFundMe account had been created on Feb. 16 by a Warren resident at

https://www.gofundme.com/ashley-winter-mead.

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