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Missing Colorado Springs man found dead in Iowa, woman wanted on suspicion of murder

February 25, 2014 Updated: February 26, 2014 at 10:18 am
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photo - Grant Michael Frazier went missing Feb. 16 and was last known to be accompanied by 21-year-old Bionca Rogers. (Courtesy CSPD)
Grant Michael Frazier went missing Feb. 16 and was last known to be accompanied by 21-year-old Bionca Rogers. (Courtesy CSPD) 

The body of a missing Colorado Springs man was discovered early Tuesday morning in a car that had been sitting in an Newton, Iowa, apartment complex since Thursday night, according to the property manager at the complex.

The body of 61-year-old Grant Michael Frazier was found a day after Colorado Springs police reported him missing.

Michele Wales, the manager at The Courtyard apartment complex in the northeast section of Newton - a community of about 15,000 people 35 miles east of Des Moines - said the car, a white Mitsubishi Galant with Colorado plates, was dumped there. Police were looking for a Mitsubishi, which was registered to Frazier, in the case.

"We're off the beaten path, in a quiet area," said Wales. "As far as we know, there's no connection whatsoever to the complex."

Wales said she did not see a body in the car, which was parked in one of her tenant's spots. An arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued Tuesday by Colorado Springs police for 21-year-old Bionca Charmaine Rogers, the woman police said was last seen with Frazier.

Investigators would not release information on whether the two knew each other.

Wales said police discovered the car about 1 a.m. Tuesday, cordoned off the area and later interviewed tenants. "It's very disconcerting," Wales said.

Rogers has an unrelated warrant from Feb. 15 in El Paso County for carrying a concealed weapon and child abuse, according to court records. Newton is more than 750 miles east of Colorado Springs. Public records also show that Rogers has a criminal history spanning two years in Iowa that includes disorderly conduct and assault. Rogers' Facebook page lists Iowa City, Iowa, as her home.

The cause and manner of Frazier's death will be released after an autopsy is completed, police said. The autopsy is being done by the Iowa State Medical Examiners Office.

Anyone with information can call Colorado Springs police at 444-7000.

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