Crime

Police Searching For Suspect Who Stabbed Woman To Death, Stole Her Nearly 500-Pound Safe

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Amalia Lopez De MansillaAmalia Lopez De Mansilla

Authorities continue to investigate who stabbed a Broomfield, Colorado, woman to death on Oct. 18, 2015, and then stole a nearly 500-pound safe from the property.

An autopsy report, performed on Nov. 20, 2015, by Dr. Michael Arnall, found that 33-year-old Amalia Lopez De Mansilla’s death was a homicide, as suspected by police, The Broomfield Enterprise reported. She was stabbed eight times, with wounds ranging from 1 inch to 7 inches deep, to her lungs, heart, liver, and stomach.

Also, her scalp had cuts and bruises, there was a deep incision to her left palm, and she had vertical bruises, grouped together, on her neck.

Before her death, Lopez De Mansilla had reported to police that her safe, weighing about 480 pounds empty, had been tampered with inside her home.

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On Oct. 18, 2015, when police found Lopez De Mansilla’s dead body, the safe had been removed from her home, along with a gold-colored Michael Kors clutch purse, believed to contain her personal information, according to The Broomfield Enterprise.

Police are still investigating leads in the case.

"We do have a couple persons of interest, but ... it's an active investigation and we don’t want to lose any potential evidence or opportunity we have to catch the bad guys," Sgt. Steve Griebel of the Broomfield Police Department told Huffington Post.

A witness may have seen the suspect removing the safe from Lopez De Mansilla’s home.

"It was a heavy safe – 450 to 500 pounds," Griebel said. "We do have a witness who saw somebody wheeling a large object that they think could have been the safe down the street. When the witness saw it going down the street, it was being handled by one person and was on a dolly."

Police do not know what the safe contained.

"We don’t know if it was a burglary, if it was a robbery, [or] if it was premeditated," Griebel told Huffington Post. "Really, not until we put more of the pieces together and do more interviews will we have the whole picture of what happened."

Griebel added that the investigation will continue and it is not close to being a cold case.

Sources: Huffington Post, Broomfield Enterprise / Photo credit: Broomfield Enterprise