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Gazette Premium Content Handyman sought in Rye house fire where 3 found dead

Staff and wire reports Updated: November 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

RYE  — Colorado authorities are searching for a handyman who lived at a home where three people were found dead Wednesday after a fire.

Pueblo County sheriff's office spokeswoman Lisa Shorter says 59-year-old Harry Mapp had been living at the home in rural Rye until last week.

A CBI Arson Investigator and the sheriff's office have begun retrieving evidence from the scene, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The fire had more than one point of origin and confirms the fire was arson, Shorter said.

Every effort will be made to remove the bodies of the two women and one man in a dignified manner while working to maintain as much evidentiary value as possible, the release said.

Because the roof and first floors of the home partially collapsed into the basement of the structure, Rye Fire Chief Steve Bennett worked this morning to identify a safe path of entry for investigators using the main center support, Shorter said.  

“Retrieval of these bodies is important for the family and retrieval of evidence is key in determining exactly what happened; this is our top priority right now,” Sheriff Kirk Taylor said in an email

The Pueblo County Coroner will conduct an autopsy Friday.

Mapps was last known to drive a blue 2004 Chrysler Town and Country Van with either Texas or Colorado plates. Photos recovered from the scene show Mapps van may have Colorado plate 591SBL on in place of the Texas plate 7-FSNK that is registered to the vehicle.

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