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Posted on: February 22, 2017

CO Bureau of Investigation supports CRPD and Coroner’s investigations on Holly Moore cause of death


At the request of Castle Rock Police, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has reviewed, for more than a year, multiple reports regarding the cause of death of Castle Rock resident Holly Moore. Recently, CBI released its report agreeing with investigators. Moore’s cause of death has been ruled a suicide.


Moore’s body was found by a roommate in her home in 2015. Castle Rock Police and the Douglas County Coroner’s office conducted two separate, but concurrent, investigations. Both investigations determined there was no evidence of criminal activity related to Moore’s death. 


The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office was asked by Moore’s family to review the investigations. The DA’s investigators and senior prosecuting attorneys also found there was no evidence of a crime. The office also confirmed the Castle Rock Police investigation was not deficient. The DA’s office did not recommend any further investigation into the case.


Because of the family’s reaction to that ruling, Castle Rock Police requested the CBI conduct a peer review of Moore’s death. CBI reviewed the police investigation, the coroner investigation, a private investigation commissioned by the family, and a private autopsy also commissioned by the Moore family. CBI concurred with the local law enforcement’s investigations and ruled Moore’s cause of death as suicide.


“Our hearts truly go out to the Moore family,” said Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley. “As officers and first responders, we are always saddened when investigating cases of suicide. I am very confident in our investigators’ work and know that suicide touches a lot of families, friends and loved ones. This heart-breaking situation reminds us all to watch for the warning signs of suicide and encourage those in need to reach out for help.”


If you have a loved one whose behavior seems new, destructive, or related to a painful event, loss or change, there are some warning signs that will help determine if that loved one is at risk for suicide.


Some of those warning signs are:

· Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves

· Researching ways to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun

· Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

· Talking about feeling trapped or a burden to others

· Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

· Acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly

· Sleeping too little or too much

· Withdrawing or isolating themselves

· Extreme mood swings


If you, or someone you know, exhibit any of these warning signs, please seek help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK(8255).

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